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January 14, 2014
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Dad sentenced for ganja

A 26-year-old man who allegedly told police, "Me a try hustle something, nuttin naa gwaan," when he was caught with ganja in his luggage at the airport, pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Omar Campbell is charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps to export ganja and conspiracy to export ganja.

According to reports, Campbell was set to board a flight to Curaçao, from the Norman Manley International Airport when his laptop bag was searched and a suspicious container was found.

The container had 10 pounds, four ounces (4.66 kilograms) of ganja.

support his family

Campbell told the court that he recently fell on hard times after he was working in Trinidad and was sent back to Jamaica. He was seeking an alternative to support his family.

"I am 26 years old, I have two kids and one brother. My mother died and I am the provider for them. I am not working. I was working in Trinidad, married, left, tried to go back, and them turn me back for no reason," he said.

He was fined $15,000 or six months for possession of ganja; $22,800 or six months for dealing in ganja; $82,000 or six months for taking steps to export ganja. He was sentenced to 18 months for the conspiracy to export ganja as well as an additional 18 months. The sentences are to run concurrently.

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