JO - Light stuff brings heavy expense
Light stuff brings heavy expense
Vaughn Davis, Observer staff reporter
Saturday, December 30, 2006
A 53-year old man who said he had landed a job in Curacao apparently took the term "packing light" too literally and was held at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston with one-and-a-half pounds of marijuana.
On Thursday, Oscar Moodie pleaded guilty in the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate's Court to possession of marijuana, dealing in marijuana and taking steps to export ganja, before trying to convince presiding magistrate Martin Gayle that after getting the job in Curacao, he packed the ganja for his personal use as he did not expect to return to Jamaica.
Gayle, however, told Moodie that his criminal actions consistently created difficulties for other Jamaicans travelling abroad.
"I'm sure that it is people like you who make things difficult when other Jamaicans travel," said Gayle. "When we go away they have us queuing up in all sorts of lines and things like that."
Gayle then ordered that Moodie pay $2,400 for possession of ganja, $4,800 for dealing in ganja, and $12,000 for taking steps to export ganja from Jamaica, or else spend 30 days behind bars.
Moodie was also sentenced to two months in prison, which will run consecutive to the 30-day sentence if the fines are not paid.