Two plead guilty to drug charges, drug proceeds forfeited

Court settlement

Lennard Monjoury tried to convince the court that he was a “smoker” and not a “dealer” but that wasn’t enough to prevent magistrate, Bernard Pacquette, from fining him $5,000.00 for possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Monjoury and Ted Philbert were arrested and charged after a police search on a premises in Roseau on January 2, which resulted in the seizure of 255 grams of cannabis and cash amounts of Euro 610, 289 EC and US5.25.

23 year-old Monjoury of Roseau, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply and 20 year-old Philbert pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.

During the search, the police also arrested Gerald Bridge Water, Ezra Elwin, Ray Joseph and Frank Francis Junior Jules but the charges against them were dismissed.

The prosecution, led by acting police inspector, Valda Powel, asked the court to seize the money saying “they were proceeds of crime”.

However,lawyer Wayne Norde told the court that while the EC “may be”, the Euro “was not” since his client had just returned from Guadeloupe.

He said his client was honest from the word go. “He brought the police to the drugs and pleaded guilty so we are saying that the Euro is not drugs money,” Norde said.

However the prosecutor held fast to her argument that the money was ‘clearly proceeds of crime/drugs sale and needed to be forfeited by the state.”

Magistrate Bernard Pacquette ruled that he was satisfied that the money represented the proceeds from the slae of drugs and ordered it forfeited. He also fined Monjoury $EC5,000.00 for possession with intent to supply. The money must be paid by June 3, 2014 or Monjoury will go to jail for 6 months.

Philbert was fined 250.00 for possession of half a “joint” to be paid by February 3, 2014. If he defaults, he will spend 1 month behind bars.

Monjoury’s plea to the court that he was the father of 4 children, each from a different mother and that he was a painter and a “smoker” but not a “dealer”, evoked a word of caution about his actions from the magistrate who warned that he (Monjoury) “won’t be so lucky the next time.”

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50 Comments

  1. January 7, 2014

    Dno, please I am forward to see the comments I posted for this article.
    If not I am awaiting your word on whether it is still awaiting moderation.Was this what happened?

    This comment was the number twenty-five(25) under comments. Now I see 49 comments posted to this article. Did not think anyone lost Us during moderation.

    THANK YOU FOR So Much.

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  2. ydobon
    January 7, 2014

    I am almost certain that the surname should be spelled “Monjerie” and not “Monjoury”…..

    • ydobon
      January 7, 2014

      I mean Mongerie …..

  3. January 7, 2014

    Please can The Admin.at dno inform Us Of the post Written By ‘Name by Giver For This message.

    Is It still awaiting moderation? Did It pass the moderation test?

    We are Awaiting response.For We do not intend to Give Up on the Learning and Teaching Time Process.

    THANK YOU FOR SO MUCH.

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  4. Anonymous
    January 6, 2014

    Reports from St. Vincent & The Grenadines indicates Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is considering the legalization of medical marijuana. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxU97stIZ2k&list=PL5vASGTaCzxzFZq7ajMRqPFx9i96L9ZSX&index=2

  5. Anonymous
    January 6, 2014

    Are we ready for that level of discussion!!!
    Reports from St. Vincent & The Grenadines indicating that Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is considering the legalization of medical marijuana.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxU97stIZ2k&list=PL5vASGTaCzxzFZq7ajMRqPFx9i96L9ZSX&index=2

  6. grell
    January 6, 2014

    dominica needs to wake up,its a plant not an illegal substance,the world is changing towards the plant wake up dominica.

  7. forreal
    January 6, 2014

    justice has to served yes,but how does the court determine for a fact,that the monies are drug monies,i think the court is running on pure stipulation in that circumstance,anyway this guys,are learning the had way,SAY NO TO DRUGS

    • January 6, 2014

      This is a lesson.

    • faceup
      January 6, 2014

      Anything that alters your mind is a DRUG and so is alcohol etc

  8. straight
    January 6, 2014

    $250.00 for a HALF A JOINT!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhhahahahahahaha

    • January 6, 2014

      This is a lesson.

      This was meant for this post and not for @forreal.

  9. NicE n NaughtY
    January 6, 2014

    Most times harsher punishment are given to the lesser crimes and they go so easy on the hard core real evil ones this court needs revamping, murder is a joke now because it’s bail and if the case do call it’s a few years and they even get out earlier for having good behavior while incarcerated, the punishment must start fitting the crime.

  10. kylie
    January 6, 2014

    There are many negative views here about the sentences given to the two young men. And some people are talking about alocohol eating up people’s liver while marijuana is still illegal.

    News flash: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, ecstacy etc are ALL bad. As human beings we need to find positive ways of dealing with stress and healthy lifestyle choices. All of these substances can become addictive with time. Substances dont affect everybody the same way; therefore, while someone can take them and suffer little ill effects, they can completely mess up someone else’s life. so just STAY AWAY. Yound men especially, try to find healthy ways to deal with life. I am tired of these young men ( and also youngwomen) creating unhealthy or problematic habbits in their lives.

    Case in point one of these young men who were fined for the marijuana: Other than the fatc that he smokes, why does a 23 year old have 4 children ( and not even with the same mother, mind you). If he cannot abstain from sex, doesnt he know where condoms are?

    Many young people in DA need to WAKE UP! Start using your brains. For God sake.Think of your futures and the futures of those related to you. You wont be young forever.

    • Rastafari
      January 6, 2014

      kylie, I’m going to have to correct you on one thing; Marijuana is not bad – smoking is bad. Considering all the benefits of the plant, you and so many others are WRONG about the use of the plant!

    • jana
      January 6, 2014

      As a human being and not a SHEEP you seriously need to re-educate yourself and get informed. This farce of marijuana being as dangerous as heroin has gone on for too long! this ‘War on Drugs’ was initiated by corporations and the US gov’t to persecute minorities.

  11. Curious
    January 5, 2014

    DNO what ever happened to the case with the 4 employed men who were arrested for cocaine related charges in July 2013? I think this one really shocked many people and we need an update as to whether justice was served. By my recollection the matter was to be brought to court in October 2013. What happened?

    • forreal
      January 6, 2014

      doh make me laugh,so what DNO have to do with dat,is DNO part of the justice system,and have information that they with holding :-D

  12. grandma
    January 5, 2014

    255 grams is about half a pound they didn’t even put a value on the amount. It is clear to see that was the guys personal use. Half a joint I think the police need to look for the source. But they will not do that because they either afraid of them or involved with them. It is time they legalize marijuana if not totally but to a limited amount.

  13. aa
    January 5, 2014

    Everyone talking about big drug dealers. Why don’t you all report them, publicize their names and bring them dowm?

    What is the money siezed used for?

    • Coe
      January 6, 2014

      This is wat I’m saying 2 dno, “STOP BEING BIAS WITH THE FACTS, WE R ALL EQUAL HERE” (allegedly) Expose every1, stop protecting the people who r destroying the island, EXPOSE them all!

  14. WS
    January 5, 2014

    Colorado introduced retail marijuana sale – for anyone who wants to smoke in addition to the already existing medical marijuana statute. There are benefits of marijuana use and not just presuming that once you start on marijuana then you move to cocaine, this not true, have. We as the nature island should use this “retail marijuana” to increase tourism; not charge a man $250.00 for half a spliff you bought for $2.00.

  15. Slim2on1
    January 5, 2014

    This story is just laughable. This change they referring to as drug proceeds. US 5.25 cant even buy sugar! Possession of half a joint? Man do they waste a lot of time in Dominica?

    • Coe
      January 6, 2014

      My point exactly, preach on. Finally, there is a sign of promise, on a level of common sense.

  16. Admirer
    January 5, 2014

    Well is now my woman Tri-State Beauty vex with Dominica! 400 us for an ounce of low grade weed in colorado, America fought weed in the Caribbean while they were developing all kinds of scientific hybrids, all states rushing to get in on thae action meantime Dominica harrassing and over charging men for cannabis! Cocaine dealers, their wives in high level jobs and concubines all over Dominica flossing but Powell can prove where Euros come from! By the way what is she and the court going to do with the “ill gotten money? Man rubbing treasury blind and have to pay back she quiet, venezuelan getting boat and drugs back she silent, right next to phq a company have an injunction against IRD she quiet, how many charges against Ezdoor she can’t say jack but she imposing her feminism on street boys. I don’t condone criminality but people must cry foul when bs like that goes on in plain site. That woman has a serious chip on her shoulder but you will never be commissioner, play advocate of the court when it suits you. Pacquette self with his waiver to practice full of it. How you’re going to charge a man 250 for a joint and 5 grand? Not illegal activities all you sending them to do, so they can make that money to give the court? This is the garbage that passes for justice in Dominica!

  17. njn
    January 5, 2014

    pray

  18. vv fvfghhn
    January 5, 2014

    drugs money kam=pain

  19. Marla
    January 5, 2014

    Dominica should note that they legalize marijuana in Colorado USA. Time Dominica and the rest of the Caribbean follow suit.

  20. just
    January 5, 2014

    Its funny that we still charge a man for half a join when in America you can just buy cannabis in a cannabis store

  21. black sheep
    January 5, 2014

    We should not condone any illegal activity but I ask why the kjustice system is all efficient and effective against the little man?

  22. Mamizoo
    January 5, 2014

    We ask that something be done with the drug infestation and crime on the island. Well here it is. Without comparing the treatment of privileged criminals to that of the little guys then we should all give the legal system a thumbs up for being rigid

    Some are going to complain ,cry foul and express sympathy towards the convicted dealers simply because there is blatant biasness and unfairness in the dispensation of justice. Well I’d say let us not mix matters but still query why it is that drug busts in the value of millions of dollars are meandering through the courts for years;

    What happen to the Isidore injunction?
    Why the financial police have not followed through on the evidence of money laundering by government ministers and their lawyers?
    Why nothing on the birth certificate forgery?
    Why nothing on the IPO injunction against Dave Bruney?

    Why is the injunction filed on behalf of a business J.A against Inland Revenue is languishing in the courts for almost 9 years?

    Why was there no investigation for the blatant bobol regarding the garbage Bins and the fertilizer?

    As I wrote in a previous blog some of us would rather make fun and call for the heads of the little man – the weave, cheese, bottle of rum and lip stick thieves but just don’t want to deal with the reality of the thieves operating as government officials , lawyers and senior counsels.

    “Integrity is telling myself the truth and honesty is telling the truth to others” – Spencer Johnson

    • %
      January 5, 2014

      @mamizoo You have raised some very pertinent questions here. This is the reason why people like me will never support what is happening. Yes indeed the fertilizer and bin bobol needed a thorough investigation. IS IT TOO LATE? Yes indeed the Isidore matter is still festering in the minds of many. Yes indeed the Financial Action Task Force has not impressed me.The villas matter is another one. THE GON EMMANUEL ATTEMPTED MURDER IS ANOTHER ONE. Money laundering and kickbacks are among others. I don’t smoke or condone smoking of any sort, but it is clear to anyone with just half a brain, that the poor man’s child/children are the ones being penalized in this poor country, while the real criminals with the cocaine and those committing the WHITE COLLAR CRIMES are being held on a pedestal.
      NO WONDER WE ARE LANGISHING AS ONE OF THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE CARIBBEAN.

      • Coe
        January 6, 2014

        U r a Damm hypocrite! U attack my statement, but deliver basically the same message I did. :lol:

  23. Doc. Love
    January 5, 2014

    I cannot wait for the UWP to get into office because their is going to be endless forfeitures by the state. Mr. Linton, Mr. George, Mr. Charles and Mr. Francis are going to have a lot of work to do.

    • %
      January 5, 2014

      Justice cannot only be applicable to the poor man, while the criminals committing the white collar crimes and venerated, idolized and kept on a pedestal. Villas,43 counts of criminal misconduct, bin bobol, GON EMMANUEL, money laundering, kickbacks,passports,are just a few.
      THIS JUSTICE SYSTEM ON ISLAND……..!

  24. %
    January 5, 2014

    I could be wrong, but I have not heard of the monies of the big drug dealers being forfeited? Or is it that they are not being caught with money? Or is it that the money never reaches the court system? Or is it that the big dealers can have the BIG lawyers to represent them? Get me clear, IT IS A GOOD THING, but let us hope that it is not again the little boy, OR THE POOR MAN on the street that is getting those punishments, BUT IT IS EVERYONE.
    There are big drug dealers with everything.IT’S LIKE THEY ARE IMMUNE TO PUNISHMENT, but the police hound the little spliff smokers. SOMETHING FORCES ME TO SAY, OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM STINKS!
    Finally I hope that those who have cheated, robbed, stolen from the state will one day get both money and property or properties forfeited as well… WE JUST HAPPEN TO OPERATE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Simply the Truth
      January 5, 2014

      Too much talk – writing/comments and no action. If you know the big drug dealers, it is your obligation as a national to inform the police about them. You have Crime Stoppers.
      If you want this type of change, then do something about it. Otherwise, hold your tongue and finger on the keyboard and do not blame the D/can authorities.

      • Kaiso
        January 6, 2014

        Really ? the police know more than what they need to know. You know who the drug dealers are in your area, do you call the police?
        Well we all know who have never driven a ammer or any tool yet they are living large.

        Stop pretending to be blind

  25. Jedi
    January 5, 2014

    LOL… $250 for half a joint o.O

    • kb
      January 5, 2014

      Ikr smh lol

  26. faceup
    January 5, 2014

    This is Ridiculous, that’s why I will keep living in Colorado.. So no law on delegalizing RED CAP where in DA alcoholism is on the rise, peoples liver eating up, added to the violence when drunk and so much more.. LIGALIZE MARIJAUNA and tax it. LISTEN I DONT DRINK RUM.. 8-O 8-O 8-O

  27. sweet cheeks
    January 5, 2014

    Don’t judge a man till you have walked a mile in his shoes……man has dominated man to his injury.

  28. January 5, 2014

    Can I be the second one laughing at the isllands after america for be stupid when come for canabis .I live in the U S and was shock t o see this thing that they let those islands know like dominica think is bad while they where doing their research.
    now they saying it good and legalize it selling it $400 an oz .dominca wake up before u miss the train .

  29. Coe
    January 5, 2014

    & DNO, u should b DAMMM well ashamed of urselves 2 even include $5.25 US as part of the monies sized. SMDH! Not when people who never had a single day of hard work once in their lives building, & buying lavish homes, & importing the kinds of cars that u all c daily. I would like 2 c the justice system start doing wat they r paid 2 do, instead of doing wat they r BRIBED 2 do.

    Admin: DNO should be ashamed of ourselves for reporting the facts of the case? This one’s a little hard to understand.

    • %
      January 5, 2014

      @ Coe HOW SILLIER CAN YOU GET? If DNO did not publish it, how would I know? Or how the other seveal thousands of people who log on to this site know?
      DNO you are doing an excellent job. KEEP ON KEEPING US INFORMED.

    • Coe
      January 6, 2014

      I stand by my comment, dno seems 2 bring all details forward for the little man, but not the big fish. Y don’t dno tell us whatever became of the Venezuelan boat with all the keys, & the prisoners that mysteriously disappeared. Let’s start there as a reference point. The power of the press does not have ANY room 4 bias

      • Coe
        January 6, 2014

        But it seems dno, like most of the people in the country holding official positions will only back up the trees they know they can climb. I can understand that most of u don’t want 2 end up like Johnson Jno-Rose, former DBS radio host who got FIRED by the UWP 4 simply being a A REAL journalist. But those of u who r PUPPETS 2 this so called leader; skeritt (I REFUSE 2 CAPITALIZE THAT NAME) won’t, or refuse 2 understand where I’m coming from, & it’s all bcuz u know where ur bread is buttered. Wen ur belly grumbling who do u call? Lol

    • umm
      January 6, 2014

      this is the WORST comment i have read so far, hence i’m replying to it..DNO is a news site,hence the name “Dominica NEWS online” they give the news AS IS!!! why can all the radio stations include the US 5.25 and not DNO??? u need to get a life and go back to school and this time TRY passing comprehension because i see you’ve fail terribly at that subject..don’t worry, there is still hope 4 u!! 2014, its hope filled year

  30. Coe
    January 5, 2014

    Y r u cops wasting time on a men with CHUMP change wen there r real drug dealers, making serious money who NEEDS 2 b put away. Oh, & MR. PACQUETTE, I hope wen 1 of those real drug dealers, Dominican, Colombian, & other, come b4 u, u will bring down ur strong arm of justice the same way. The level of bios ness in d/ca is wat has always turned me off. May those should’ve said they were ” BUSINESS MEN, AKA, FARMERS” like another person from grand bay who seem 2 b by passed by the pathetic august body called the cdpf. NB; I have very little RESPECT 4 a greater majority 4 the police in d/ca, so I won’t even bother 2 type cdpf in BOLD letters.

    • Rigt on cue
      January 6, 2014

      So who cares about you and your capitals or bold letters. A real j..ka..s

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