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November 30, 2012
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Man fined for ganja

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A St James man held with less than seven pounds of ganja was fined $32,400 or 30 days behind bars in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Dwight Smith, 26, from Paradise, Norwood, pleaded guilty to possession and dealing in six and three-quarter pounds of ganja. He was arrested on November 24.

"What kind of work do you do?" Resident Magistrate (RM) Sandria Wong-Small asked Smith.

"I keep goods for the vendors in the marketplace," answered Smith.

"Excuse me? I did not know that was a profession," replied the sceptical RM Wong-Small.

"They leave the goods with me in the night, and in the morning they give me, like, $200," answered the defendant.

When asked about his record, Smith admitted to having a previous conviction for possession of ganja in 2010.

"So what were you doing with six and three-quarter pounds of ganja? That is a large amount," remarked RM Wong-Small.

"It wasn't to sell, Your Honour," said Smith.

"What were you going to do, have a party by yourself?" asked RM Wong-Small.

"No, Your Honour," said Smith.

Smith was fined $10,800 or 30 days for possession, and $21,600 or 30 days for dealing in ganja.

"You are lucky I'm not sending you to prison. Next time I see you, there's not going to be any question that you're going to prison," RM Wong-Small warned Smith as she handed down his sentence.

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