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3 Kadavu drug offenders jailed for 16, 14, 8 years respectively

Three men who were found guilty of cultivating 951 marijuana plants in Kadavu were sentenced in the Suva High Court yesterday. Suliasi Bola, 30, was sentenced to 14 years in
17 Aug 2017 11:00
3 Kadavu drug offenders jailed for 16, 14, 8 years respectively
From Left: Suliasi Bola, Elesio Tukana, Mikaele Raivasi

Three men who were found guilty of cultivating 951 marijuana plants in Kadavu were sentenced in the Suva High Court yesterday.

Suliasi Bola, 30, was sentenced to 14 years in prison while Eliseo Tukana, 42, was given a 16 and a half years term.

Bola and Tukana were ordered to serve 13 years of their sentence before they were eligible for parole.

Meanwhile, the third accused Mikaele Raivasi, 32, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment with a non-parole period of seven years.

While sentencing the trio, Judge Justice Salesi Temo indicated that Raivasi’s role in the case was minimal and that he was not a principle offender.

He said Raivasi only went to weed the marijuana farm twice and was caught in the company of his co-accused when Police searched the farms following a tipoff from informers.

Justice Temo highlighted that the weight of the marijuana uprooted amounted 134.2 kilogrammes and was classified a category four case.

Justice Temo said the maximum tariff for the case is $1million fine or life imprisonment or both.

He took into account that all the accused were first offenders that have been remanded in custody for approximately one year and six months.

He also considered Bola’s full cooperation with Police, adding that he was the one who showed the farms to the Police.

The court heard that heavy sentences were imposed to punish people who cultivated huge amounts of marijuana as they were the ones who initiate the evils of the drug racket.

The three men have 30 days to appeal their sentence and conviction.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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