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Judge Reprimands Drug Farmer, Jails Him 9 Years

Judge Reprimands Drug Farmer, Jails Him 9 Years
July 27
11:15 2017

Plant legitimate crops, otherwise you will lose your liberty.

The statement was told to a drug farmer by High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo while sentencing him yesterday.

In passing sentence, Justice Temo told accused, Jone Seru off, before jailing him for nine years.

“This sentence is a warning to all those cultivating cannabis sativa plants (marijuana) in the Northern Division.”

The case: Seru was caught napping by a Police Constable on his marijuana farm which was located 100 metres away from the main road and close to the Court House in Savusavu Town.

“You were planting cannabis sativa 100 metres from the Savusavu Magistrates Court, showing you had no respect for the Savusavu Magistrates Court.”

Justice Temo said the cultivation of illicit drugs in Fiji is viewed as a very serious offence which carries a maximum penalty of a fine not exceeding $1,000,000 or life imprisonment or both of the Illicit Drugs Control Act 2004.

Seru was found guilty and convicted of cultivating 5.5 kilogrammes of marijuana plants between October 1, 2011 and February 8, 2012 at Savusavu.

“The evils of illicit drugs had been well debated in Parliament during the passage of the ‘Illicit Drugs Control Bill 2004’ in May 2004,” Justice Temo said.

A non-parole period of eight years imprisonment was imposed.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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