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December 17, 2013
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Ganja smuggler gets nine months

A man who was caught attempting to leave the country with ganja in his suitcase was sentenced to nine months in prison when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Donovan Riley of a Kingston address pleaded guilty to possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja and conspiracy to export ganja charges.

According to reports, Riley was caught at the Norman Manley International Airport after his luggage was searched and 18.5-pounds (8.41 kilograms) of ganja was found in his possession.

Riley, however, told the court that the bag did not belong to him.

"I was going to Barbados and somebody gave me a suitcase at the airport to give somebody in Barbados for them, I didn't know what was in the suitcase, I only had one piece," he said.

When asked by Resident Magistrate Lorna Williams if he was not questioned at the check-in counter if he had packed his bags himself, Riley stated, "No, Your Honour, she neva ask me anything, because I was rushing to catch the plane."

Riley was sentenced to nine months for taking steps preparatory to export ganja, $15,000 or two months for the possession of ganja, $50,000 or three months for the conspiracy to export ganja and for his dealing in ganja charge, he was admonished and discharged.

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