Jamaica News, April 4, 2018 – Haitian National Sentenced
St Catherine, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – A Haitian National, Felix Love Darlens o/c “Odian Powell”, was sentenced on the 28th of March 2018 for ganja weighing approximately 1604 pounds. The matter was schedule for sentencing at the St. Catherine Parish Court.
The accused is charged with Illegal Possession of Ganja, Dealing in and Taking Preparatory steps to Export, as well as, Illegal Entry to the Island. The accused Attorney-at-Law, Maisha Campbell, made an impassioned plea in mitigation on his behalf.
His attorney noted that the Defendant had pleaded guilty on the first opportune time, and so far spent 5 months in custody and was extremely penitent for his actions. It was also noted by his attorney that the Defendant was the only person charged in the matter, despite the fact that two other men were accosted initially at the scene when the drugs were found.
In handing down sentencing in the proceedings, Senior Parish Court Judge, Mrs. Grace Henry-McKenzie noted that she took into consideration the length of the time the Defendant spent in custody, the fact that the Social Enquiry Report noted that the Defendant had no previous convictions in Jamaica and that he had pleaded guilty to the charges.
Darlens was sentenced to a total of 15 months incarceration. He received 9months each for Possession and Dealing in Ganja which will run concurrently. The charge for Taking Preparatory Steps to Export Ganja was admonished and discharged, while he was sentenced to 6 months to run consecutively for Illegal Entry to the Island.