Clarendon man fined just under $1M for ganja

A 29-year-old labourer from Morgan’s Pass in Clarendon will have to find just under $1 million by September to avoid imprisonment for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act committed on 20 August 2016.

Michael Lee was sentenced in the St Catherine Parish Court for Possession of Ganja, Dealing in Ganja, and Trafficking Ganja.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said reports are that a police team carried out an anti-narcotics operation along Mandela Highway in St Catherine on the mentioned date.

They stopped and searched a silver Honda Civic motorcar with three men aboard.

“During the search of the vehicle, two knitted bags containing a total of 15 parcels wrapped in brown masking tape, containing compressed ganja weighing over 100 pounds was found,” said the JCF.

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All three men were arrested and charged. On March 27 this year, they appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court where Lee pleaded guilty and the other two men freed.

Lee, this week, received the following sentence:

$325,000 or six months for possession of Ganja

$652,000 or six months for dealing in Ganja

$10,000 or six months for Trafficking Ganja

Lee’s bail was extended until September 24 for him to pay the fines. Failure to do so will result in him serving time.

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