Montego Bay, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Canadian Resident Spared Jail Time For Ganja: A Canadian resident, who failed in his attempt to smuggle 10 ¼ pounds of marijuana into Canada concealed in PVC pipes, was given a suspended sentence and fined $162,600 when he appeared in the St. James Parish Court on Wednesday.
Aubyn Shaw, 46, of Eglington Avenue, West Toronto, Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty to possession of ganja, dealing in ganja and attempting to export ganja.
Reports are that on July 19, 2017 about 3:10 pm, Shaw was on his way to board a flight to Toronto from the Sangster International Airport when his luggage was searched.
During the search, 18 cylindrical parcels with ganja were found concealed in a quantity of PVC pipes. He was arrested and charged.
On Wednesday, Shaw’s lawyer, Noel Butler made a successful bail application on his behalf.
The lawyer indicated to presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small that the ganja was for his personal use. According to Butler, Shaw used the weed as a religious sacrament, being a Rastafarian. He said he also used it to treat certain ailments.
In bringing out other points in his submission, Butler said his client was informed by persons in Jamaica that ganja was not illegal.
“A lot of people in Jamaica cannot distinguish between legalization and decriminalization,” Butler added before asking that his client be given a non-custodial sentence.
In response to the lawyer’s submission, Judge Wong-Small said Graham ought to have known better and indicated to the court that she does not believe that he has been completely truthful to his attorney. She also said she would take into account his previous good character and his early guilty plea but pointed out that a term of imprisonment usually comes with an offence of this nature.
Canadian Resident Spared Jail Time: In her ruling, the judge then ordered Graham to pay a fine of $15,000 or six months for possession of the drug and 147,600 or six months on the attempting to export charge. He was admonished and discharged on the charge of dealing in ganja.
Graham was also given a mandatory six months prison term but the sentence was suspended for two years.
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