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March 13, 2014
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Correctional officer gets three years for ganja
A correctional officer accused of smuggling ganja into where he works, was sentenced to three years in prison in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

George Brown of a Kingston 11 address, was charged with possession of and dealing in ganja.

The Crown alleges that on April 20, 2013, approximately 3 p.m., officers were alerted to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre after Brown was caught with two parcels of what appeared to be ganja.

Subsequently, six additional parcels were found in his car. Brown was charged.

Senior Resident Magistrate, Judith Pusey, was unsettled by the allegations, saying Brown should be upholding the law, even more so, than the ordinary citizen. He was fined $4,800 or six months, and a mandatory two years imprisonment for possession; $9,900 or six months and a mandatory two years for dealing in, and 12 months for breaching the Correctional Services Act.

If the fines are not paid, those sentences will run concurrently, but consecutive to the 12 months.

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