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Farmer Gets 13 Year For Drug Cultivation

A 51-year-old farmer of Waibau in Naitasiri has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for the unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs. Tomasi Tawake appeared before Justice Salesi Temo at
02 Apr 2016 11:54
Farmer Gets 13 Year For Drug Cultivation
Tomasi Tawake after he was sentenced for 13 years in prison outside High Court yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

A 51-year-old farmer of Waibau in Naitasiri has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for the unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs.

Tomasi Tawake appeared before Justice Salesi Temo at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The court yesterday heard that on January 25, Police was alerted by an unknown caller that Tawake was cultivating drugs. A Police drug team from Nausori Police Station carried out a raid at his farm in Waibau and uprooted and seized 76 marijuana plants that weighed 84.6kg.

While delivering Tawake’s sentence, Justice Temo said the amount of drugs uprooted from the accused’s farm was huge.

Tawake’s mitigating factors were that he was married with four children and the sole breadwinner in his family.

He will be eligible for parole after 12 years.

Justice Temo said Tawake’s sentence should be a warning to drug cultivators in the Central division and therefore farmers should only plant food crops. AQELA SUSU

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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