A male Vincentian national and a female Boca, St. George, resident was last Wednesday fined $15, 000 each, for the offence of Trafficking in a Controlled Drug.
The fines were imposed on Tenisha Jack of Boca and 41-year old Zrett Francis Joseph of St. Vincent & The Grenadines.
Jack and Francis along with Vincentian nationals, Emron Seon Weekes, 34 and Onaldo Kenton Gould, 31 were apprehended by officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) on July 22 after 19 pounds of marijuana was found inside the rented house which they occupied.
The police officers had executed a search warrant at a house in the Mt. Parnassus, St. George area which led to the discovery of the marijuana with an estimated street value of EC$43, 092.00.
All four suspects were initially slapped with summary charges of Possession and Trafficking a Controlled Drug and were represented by Attorney-at-law George Prime, when they made their first appearance before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court last week Tuesday.
THE NEW TODAY understands that 16 lbs of the illegal substance was found stashed inside the bathroom of the house, which was at the time occupied by Jack, while another package weighing 3 pounds was recovered in one of the bedrooms.
Jack, a mother of 3, along with Weeks and Gould, had entered not guilty pleas to the charges, while Joseph had accepted full responsibility for the drugs by pleading guilty to both counts.
However, the police prosecution was adamant to proceed with the charges against all four suspects and the matter was adjourned to the following day (July 25).
When the matter resumed, the drug suspects were re-arraigned on the trafficking charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment and or a fine of $250, 000.
Both Weekes and Gould maintained not guilty pleas but Jack had a change of heart and pleaded guilty to the Trafficking charge.
The Police Prosecution offered no evidence against Weeks and Gould and they were freed from the charge.
In mitigating the case against two of his clients, attorney Prime pointed to the seriousness of the offence noting that “trafficking is by no means an offence that is treated trivially” and drew the court’s attention to Joseph, who had accepted full responsibility for the drugs from the onset.
Attorney Prime informed the court that Jack and Joseph are engaged as a couple and are involved in what he referred to as “the buccaneer business” and are in a position to pay a fine if the Magistrate is so minded to impose a non-custodial sentence.
After considering the details in the case, Chief Magistrate Gill imposed a fine of $15, 000 on both defendants to be paid forthwith and in default serve a prison sentence of 18 months each at the Richmond Hill prison.