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Teenager denies cultivating cannabis

A teenager has been given bail pending trial after he denied cultivating 17 cannabis plants.

Appearing in Magistrates’ Court, Brice Simons, 18, of St George’s, pleaded not guilty to growing the plants in a purposefully designed closet in Hamilton Parish on November 29 last year.

He also denied possessing a blue bong pipe that was intended for the misuse of a controlled drug.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo granted $4,000 bail with a like surety and set a trial date for July 8.

Also in court, reports were ordered for a Devonshire man who pleaded guilty to possessing 4.17 grammes of cannabis.

Lequan Outerbridge, 22, was found to be in possession of the drug when his wallet was searched in the custody suite at the Hamilton Police Station on January 3.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cindy Clarke said that he told officers that the dried plant material was hemp, but on analysis it was determined to be cannabis.

In court, Outerbridge said that he was going to give the drugs to his cancer-stricken grandfather.

Mr Tokunbo ordered a social inquiry report and a drug assessment and adjourned the matter to June 29 for sentencing.

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