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Man fined $30,000 for having 15 grams of cannabis

A 21-year-old was yesterday sentenced to 30 days in jail after he was convicted of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Randy Munro, of Middle Road, Southampton, was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine within one week or serve four months' imprisonment in default.

Munro was charged with possessing 15.3 grams of cannabis with intent to supply after the drugs were found on the kitchen table of his home during a Police raid on August 6.

During his trial he admitted to being in possession of the drugs, but denied the cannabis was intended for supply.

He said: “That was my marijuana that the Police seized from me. I didn't intend to supply, I intended to smoke it.”

The court heard evidence from Detective Constable Alickson Severin that the drugs were found in several plastic bags each containing a portion of the drug. If sold on the streets of Bermuda in 1.5 gram bags, the drugs would fetch approximately $675; however if sold in 0.5 gram bags the value would be closer to $750.

Represented by lawyer Richard Horseman, Munro said he separated the cannabis because it was different “grades” or qualities of the drug.

He also said that $950 cash found in his wallet during the seizure was from the salary he earned as a construction worker.

It was later revealed he earned $680 a week.

Crown counsel Tawana Tannock asked why there was no pay slip in the wallet along with the cash. Munro said he offered to get the officer one if he needed more proof.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner yesterday said there was no explanation why there was an additional $300 cash in Munro's wallet that day or why the defendant placed the drugs on the kitchen table before the Police arrived.

Mr Warner also said there was no evidence before the court that the drugs included different types of cannabis, as suggested by Munro. The Magistrate heard Munro was of previously good character, but said: “I feel sure that the defendant was in possession of cannabis [on the day in question] with intent to supply.”

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Published December 08, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 3:29 am)

Man fined $30,000 for having 15 grams of cannabis

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