$50,000 for cannabis worth $15,000

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$50,000 for cannabis worth $15,000
Cannabis
Cannabis

Prince Cherry of La Clery and Morgan Mitchel of Anse La Raye were on Friday, March 15 fined $50,000 by Magistrate Velon John for possession with intent to supply cannabis.

The two men were off the coast of Saint Lucia  near Pigeon Island on March 24, 2012 at about 7:30 p.m. when they were discovered to be in possession of a quantity of cannabis with a street value of $15,000.

Cherry  and Mitchel were arrested and charged for being in possession of controlled drug (cannabis) and possession with intent to supply it to another.

After the prosecution closed its case, the defendants changed their not guilty plea to guilty.

They were cautioned, reprimanded and discharged on the charge of possession, but on the charge of possession with intent they were each fined $50,000 to be paid in 90 days, or in default, spend three years at the Bordelais Correctional Facility.

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  1. unless it doesn't happen to their family they y won't understand i happen to know one of the individuals i know its been a couple of hard year but god will make a way 4 u in due time. its not right to be doing drugs 2 make a living but what can i say when there are no jobs. people with no subject they don't stand a chance in this world. $50 g's is to much

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  2. Allow me to state for the record that I am neither pro- magistrate, party or any individual, but pro- St. Lucia. For the nation to move forward, it is necessary that the poor not be left behind, but going easy on convicted felons sends the wrong message.

    Velon John's point is that the law will not tolerate illegal activity, regardless of the motive-whether to "offset the effect of taxes", or feed his family. There is nothing new under the sun- the rift between rich and poor has existed from the time the concept individual property ownership took form, and allowing them to walk has never been the response of any responsible authority- be it village elder, king, police or judge, especially where legitimate means to achieve the same results are available. By the token of argument postulated by many of the contributors before me, it is equally possible to argue that the man who steals to feed his family ought not to bear the full consequences of his actions, even if the negative effects of the action on their victims are beyond question.

    Je ne suis pas Bougeois; I can respect a man trying to run a legitimate hustle, but the mass effect of a flourishing drug trade on the island cannot be denied: our crime rate is up, and society's order is shaken at its core by direct byproducts of their attempt to better their circumstances.

    I challenge anybody of a different viewpoint to convince me that $15,000 for a few days on troubled waters is not a lazy and greedy alternative to any other planting and distribution activity that is identified with agriculture.

    It now becomes a question of responsibly,not economic circumstance. Marijuana and other illicit drugs hold such street value because of the quantified risk of their production and distribution. Drug dealers are all aware of the consequences of growing/ moving weed, and have to expect the possibly of incarceration or death when they shake the golden hand. The life has its consequences. The smarter ones among them put some of their "earnings" aside to call on a lawyer when the need for one becomes inevitably necessary, while the others simply squander theirs in frivolous pursuits because of a "tomorrow is not guaranteed, life life today" mentality.

    Where Velon John and I differ is that releasing them into the streets with such a heavy fine only creates the need to amass large sums of money in a relatively short time. It creates a desperate situation for someone who presumably has no legal means of paying the fine. I can only hope that this deficiency in our system may be addressed soon.

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  3. well i'll be spending 3 months inside!! smfh... night and day a month and a half!! keep my money i'm trying to make in my pocket!!

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  4. Honestly, St. Lucia has no jobs and a future here seems bleak. It's easy for people from the middle and upper classes to say they broke the law and deserve punishment... but for people who know what it's like to be hustling, trying to find a job and still barely have a roof over their heads, sometimes there is no other way. The lower class in st. lucia is neglected. So trust me only those who feel it know.

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  5. I agree with both Yep and truth yute. When they busted the syrian with a firearm it was a lil 20k same for the GT promoter but when is little ghetto yutes they want to apply the full force of the law. Dem boys should rob Velon John to pay that fine.

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  6. these comments are misguided,the two guys are extremely fortunate to get away with just a fine and not a custodial sentence which they deserved,when will the authoraties learn,no deterrent whatsoever.

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  7. That Velon John is an old angry geezer full of his personal problems, and cannot wait for a malaway to come before him to deliver his rage on them.I condemn their action but to make them pay $50,000 for $15,000 worth of weed makes no sence. Well they have to go back and hustle some more weed to come up with the money by due date.Velon you have oranges you can make orange juice, but many of my Lucian brothers and sisters have lemon so for God sake they have to make lemon juice if they have the whole lemon.

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  8. You going to charge a ghetto man that eh have no money who's trying to make a living to support his family when Lucia eh have no jobs and all them taxes $50,000 for $15,000 of weed. Man how can a poor man survive in this place I bet you if it was a cocaine boss ya'll had there he would have been charged less for something which is more valuable and causes more harm to us than the weed. What ya'll want poor man to survive, it seems big man can make all their drug moves and not pay much or get caught but when the little man try and help his family not because of greed like big man but because he can't do better ya'll the system eh want him to make it next thing he turn boss like ya'll. Poor must always stay poor and big must increase their by any means.

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