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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