Two jailed for having ganja

Two days be­fore the first pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of mar­i­jua­na, a Bobo Shan­ti and an ex-con­vict were both jailed on a mar­i­jua­na pos­ses­sion charge yes­ter­day.

Rasta­far­i­an Wes­ley Woods, 43, and An­cil Al­leyne, 42, both plead­ed guilty in the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates’ Court.

They were ar­rest­ed in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents last Thurs­day.

In Woods’ mat­ter, court pros­e­cu­tor Cley­on Seedan said around 2.45 pm the po­lice went to a mi­ni mart at South­ern Main Road, Plai­sance Park where they met the ac­cused.

Up­on search­ing the busi­ness place, PC Khan found a plas­tic bag con­tain­ing three small­er bags with mar­i­jua­na. Woods said, “Boss ah just try­ing a lil hus­tle.” The drug weighed 98 grammes.

Woods told Se­nior Mag­is­trate Ali­cia Chankar that while mar­i­jua­na is against the law, it is not pro­hib­it­ed in the Bobo Shan­ti faith.

He ad­mit­ted that some­times he would share the mar­i­jua­na with his brethren, but he de­nied sell­ing the drug.

Ob­serv­ing that his crim­i­nal record showed a long his­to­ry with mar­i­jua­na-re­lat­ed of­fences, the mag­is­trate said he has been re­peat­ed­ly flaunt­ing the law.

Woods said his last run-in with the law was in 2012 and he won the case in 2014.

The mag­is­trate sent him to jail to serve 90 days hard labour. In the oth­er in­ci­dent, PC Quinzel Ma­habir and oth­er of­fi­cers of the Mara­bel­la CID were on foot pa­trol along the old train line, Mara­bel­la when they re­ceived in­for­ma­tion.

The of­fi­cers came up­on Al­leyne who was sit­ting on a bench out­side the par­lour. Up­on see­ing the of­fi­cers, he placed a plas­tic bag near his feet. When Ma­habir searched the bag he found 634 grammes of mar­i­jua­na.

Al­leyne ad­mit­ted that he on­ly came out of prison in Oc­to­ber/No­vem­ber af­ter serv­ing a term for a sim­i­lar of­fence. Al­leyne, a fa­ther of three who works in a chick­en de­pot, said, “It re­al hard out there.” He was jailed for 18 months.

Three hun­dred peo­ple have al­ready sig­nalled their in­ten­tion to at­tend the con­sul­ta­tion to­mor­row at the Na­tion­al Acad­e­my for Per­form­ing Arts in Port- of- Spain.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson

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