Father of 2 jailed for 3 years over ganja possession

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Fernanda Laita making his way from Court to serve his sentence

An Ishalton, South Rupununi resident was on Wednesday afternoon jailed for three years after he was found with cannabis which he alleged is being used for medical purposes.

The felon, Fernanda Laita, 35, accepted the charge when it was read to him by City Magistrate, Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

The charge stated that he- on August 17, 2017, at Ishalton Village, South Rupununi, Region Nine- was found to be in possession of 96 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.

Laita plead guilty and explained that the drugs were being used by his mother and grandmother who are both ill. He said “If it wasn’t for my mother and grandmothers who are ill, I would have never had it”.

However Police Prosecutor, Shawn Gonsalves revealed that the drugs were found in a multi-coloured bag hanging from a tree close to where the defendant was found.

When the bag was searched by ranks, leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis were discovered. The defendant was taken into Police custody where he allegedly told ranks “I was just doing a lil hussle”.

Magistrate Latchman jailed the father of two for three years along with a $30,000 fine.

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