Grove man jailed for ganja possession

Possession of narcotics has landed a Grove, East Bank Demerara man in prison for three years.
Daniel France of Lot 501 Kaneville, Grove, EBD, was taken before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he admitted that on April 13, 2019, at Magnet Place, Georgetown, he had in his possession 25 grams of cannabis.
The prosecution’s case stated that ranks from the police patrol saw France acting in a suspicious manner. This led the ranks to conduct a search of his possessions and it was then that the cannabis was discovered in a bag which the 27-year-old man was carrying. According to the prosecution, France admitted that the cannabis belonged to him.
In court on Wednesday, the unrepresented man pled guilty, asking the court to give him a chance to explain himself.
In a plea of mitigation, France told the court that he has been suffering from a constant stroke in his right hand for the past three years and would usually boil the cannabis and drink it as a tea. He claimed that this causes the pain to ease.
He went on to say that the police ranks did not weigh the cannabis in his presence. He also told the court that he received the cannabis from his uncle in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). He was nonetheless sentenced to three years in prison and fined $30,000.