Manchester farmer fined for ganja

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November 23, 2015

WESTERN BUREAU:

One of two women, who were arrested in Salt Spring, Montego Bay on ganja-related charges in October, wound up having to pay fines amounting to J$13,500 when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Wednesday.

Fifty-three-year-old farmer Patsy Ferguson, of a Manchester address, pleaded guilty to possession of, and dealing in one pound and two ounces of ganja. Co-accused Abigail Ferguson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court was told that on October 30, at 1:00 p.m., the police, acting on information, carried out a raid at a house in Salt Spring. During the raid, the ganja was found in two separate parcels, one hidden in a couch in the living room and the other in the bedroom. Nine hundred and fifty dollars was also found with one of the parcels.

The two women, who were at the premises, were taken into custody and subsequently charged.

"Where do you farm?" Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small asked Patsy Ferguson when the defendant's occupation was made known.

"In Manchester," Ferguson replied.

"What are you doing in Salt Spring?" Wong-Small asked.

"I was there for a visit. I've been there six months," Ferguson answered.

"So if the place is not yours, how come the ganja is yours?" the magistrate asked.

"Sometimes I sell it for a living," Ferguson admitted.

Wong-Small subsequently ordered Ferguson to pay a fine of $4,500, or spend 30 days in jail on the possession charge, and $9,000, or 30 days, on the dealing charge.

Meanwhile, the court was told that clarity was needed concerning a police statement in the matter against Abigail Ferguson. She had her bail extended until January 7, 2016.

Both women were ordered to submit their fingerprints to the police.

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