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July 14, 2014
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British nationals busted for ganja

Two British nationals were hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday after their home-grown marijuana experiment was unearthed following a search of the premises they occupied in Bull Bay, St Andrew.

Charged with possession and cultivation of ganja is Eduardo Corleone-Vanci and his relative, Leonardo Corleone-Vanci, both British citizens.

pleaded guilty

Both men pleaded guilty with explanation, while the older Corleone-Vanci, Eduardo, accepted full responsibility for their actions.

Eduardo Corleone-Vanci told the court, "Leonardo is into botany ... . It was an experiment. I was not aware how much it was."

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey said, "He would need a permit if he is coming to Jamaica to do that."

Leonardo Corleone-Vanci said, "Your honour, we only wanted to cross-breed, that's all."

"You still need permission," Pusey reiterated.

The court was told that the two were staying in a rented house in Bull Bay, St Andrew. Last Wednesday, the police conducted a search of the premises and found weed in 22 small pots, along with fertilisers and led light.

The ganja weighed 12 pounds.

Both men were fined $15,000 each for possession and $38,400 each for cultivation.

Eduardo Corleone-Vanci remarked, "How soon can we pay this fine and go?"

He told the court that he had never seen such inhumane conditions as those which existed in a Jamaican jail cell and that he had not eaten or slept in days.

Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey requested the fingerprints of both men. The arresting officer in the matter is Constable D. Virgo, who is attached to the Yallas Police Station.

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