Woman who claimed cannabis was for a project fined 9k

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A woman was ordered to pay a total of $9000 to the court for the possession and cultivation of Cannabis which she claimed was for a project.

In August, thirty-seven-year-old Lois Santana and his husband 36-year-old Robert Santana were jointly charged possession of 123 grams of cannabis and 76 cannabis plants and cultivation of said plants-all worth $2218.

And having pleaded not guilty to the accusations, the couple appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh today for their trial.

The trial began with evidence from an officer who led the search at the Santanas Hatton home on August 16.

He gave evidence to the effect that officers went to execute a search warrant at the home residence based on information received in an investigation and during the search the police noticed a bushy substance on the table resembling cannabis and later found 76 plants in the yard.

The officer stated that the couple admitted that the plants belonged to Lois but were being used for a project.

During his cross examination of the law enforcement officer, defense lawyer Lawrence Daniels sought to prove that the drugs were indeed for a project.

But the Chief Magistrate shot down his defense stating that without official authorization to conduct a project with the controlled drug, then there is no basis for his argument.

The charges were therefore read to the two accused again but this time Lois pleaded guilty while her husband maintained his innocence.
The police accepted both pleas, dismissing the charge against Robert.

Lois was then sentenced to pay $3000 for the possession of cannabis and $6000 for the cultivation of the plants.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Soon from now, only two coconut trees you allowed to plant in your yard one mango tree, 1 soursop tree and one guava tree, or they might say you are not allowed to plant fruit trees buy them from the supermarkets. A plant that was on earth before all of us we continue to fight against that has its purpose. Fighting against the creator for putting them there. If you could plant 4 you should be able to have more. We will give outside agencies permission to come to our land and have a whole farm, talking about its for medical purposes.
    Over 3 million dollar customs fraud
    the murder of a custom officer ,
    the recent rape accusation ,we need to move swiftly in those matters and stop being selective

  2. If all the things found were worth $2218.00.How is it. There were so many charges and fined $9000.00? That is really an injustice in my opinion.It had to be that Magistrate.Cannot wait to see her go.Where poor people would then begin to get fair justice in Antigua and Barbuda.

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