Truck driver to pay $12,000 for having ganja

A truck dri­ver has been or­dered to pay a $12,000 fine forth­with af­ter he ad­mit­ted to hav­ing 671 grammes of mar­i­jua­na in his pos­ses­sion.

Shiv­anand Sama­roo, 28, of Bayshore, Mara­bel­la, will be jailed for 24 months if he fails to pay the mon­ey im­me­di­ate­ly.

Sama­roo plead­ed guilty when he ap­peared be­fore San Fer­nan­do Se­nior Mag­is­trate Ali­cia Chankar in the First Court.

He was con­vict­ed for a sim­i­lar of­fence two years ago.

Court pros­e­cu­tor In­sp Parasan Ram­sumair said on Jan­u­ary 19, Sama­roo was lean­ing against a car which was parked at Bayshore, Mara­bel­la.

When he saw the po­lice ap­proach­ing, Sama­roo ran away and es­caped.

Up­on search­ing the car, the po­lice found a black plas­tic bag with mar­i­jua­na un­der the left front seat. Sama­roo was ar­rest­ed by the po­lice yes­ter­day morn­ing and brought be­fore the court.

De­fence at­tor­ney An­nalee Gir­war asked the mag­is­trate to be le­nient with Sama­roo who al­so works as a me­chan­ic and has two chil­dren.

She said he has a smok­ing prob­lem and had the drugs for his per­son­al use.

The at­tor­ney said he opt­ed to buy it in bulk rather than mak­ing sev­er­al trips to buy small amounts.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson

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