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Drug Farmer Sentenced

A 49-year-old man was sentenced to two years and eight months at the High Court in Labasa on Thursday for one count of unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs. Judge Justice
28 May 2016 16:59
Drug Farmer Sentenced
Sentencing

A 49-year-old man was sentenced to two years and eight months at the High Court in Labasa on Thursday for one count of unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs.

Judge Justice Paul Madigan made the sentence on Thursday after two assessors unanimously found Etuate Dreduadua guilty to the charge made against him.

The court heard that between December 1, 2014 and January 6, 2015, Dreduadua had unlawfully cultivated illicit drugs.

Police raided Dreduadua’s home in Natovotovo Village in Cakaudrove on January 6 this year and found seeds and four plants believed to be marijuana.

The accused was not there but his nephew took the Police to a plantation where they uprooted and seized 41 plants also believed to be marijuana.

A Government analyst analysed the plants seized and found them to be marijuana.

The court also heard that the accused was married with four sons and was the sole breadwinner of the family.

Dreduadua’s wife, while giving mitigatory evidence, told court that the family had suffered hardship while he was in remand since the end of January 2015.

Justice Madigan said cultivating illicit drugs fed the seemingly insatiable desire of Fijian youths for the recreational drug.

Dreduadua will serve a term of two years before being eligible for parole.

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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