A local who said he cultivated nearly two dozen cannabis plants for tea purposes has been fined $1,000.
Charged with the cultivation of cannabis is Wilston Stoutt of Fat Hogs Bay, Tortola.
Stoutt was fined after pleading guilty to the offence when he made his first appearance before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo on Thursday.
She ordered the offender to pay the fine by Monday, September 30. If he fails to pay, he will spend two months at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that about 5:30 am on May 18 two years ago, police executed a search warrant at Stoutt’s residence.
Twenty cannabis plants ranging from two to five feet in height were found in flower pots outside his home.
When questioned about the find, Stoutt reportedly told the police, “yes, they were mine to make tea”.
The plants were subsequently uprooted and confiscated, and Stoutt was charged for the offence before the court.
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