A former student of St. Joseph’s Convent Secondary, who was nabbed at the George FL Charles Airport with almost four pounds of cannabis on Dec. 4, 2011, was fined $4,500 when she appeared in court yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.
Michelle Mingo pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug – cannabis but not guilty to the other two charges: possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply another.
In sentencing Mingo, Magistrate Christine Phulchere said she took into consideration that Mingo cooperated with police, it was her first offense, and she pleaded guilty.
“Whether it is three pounds or 30 pounds this is still a serious offence. You are young but not so young and should know better,” Phulchere said.
The magistrate added that Mingo is the product of one of the finest schools on the island and had already pursued higher education. She said these attributes should have instilled some level of caution despite the socio- economic realities.
Magistrate Phulschere noted that the starting point for this offense is a $6,000-fine and the value of the cannabis, which is between $1,800 and $2,500.
The actual fine imposed on Mingo, after all the elements were taken into account, was $4,500, payable in two equal monthly installments on December 27, 2012 and January 28, 2013. In default, Mingo will spend eight months in prison.
The accused is set to return to court on March 4, 2012 regarding the two charges she pleaded not guilty to.
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