St Joseph man fined $7,500 for cultivating cannabis plants
Jordan Marshall, 29, a man from The Morne St Joseph, has been ordered by the court to pay $7,500 following his guilty plea to cultivation of 1,352 plants of cannabis.
Marshall appeared in court along with his brothers Shanly Marshall and Linson Marshall who were all jointly charged however the two others pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to the facts of the case, on February 9, 2022, Constable Lambert Hilaire of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (CDPF) applied for and obtained a search warrant to search the premises of Lipson Marshall, where Jordan Marshall of The Morne St. Joseph resides, for Cannabis.
The following day at 4:30 a.m., members of the Drug Squad and Task Force including Constable Hilaire, dressed in Battle Dress Uniform (BDU), adequately equipped themselves with service pistols and rifles and they all left Police Headquarters to execute the warrant.
On arrival at The Morne in St. Joseph, the officers approached the premises and met Linson, standing on the entrance steps. Constable Hilaire identified himself to Linson and informed him of the search warrant. The Officers then entered the building via the front door of the ground and top floor to ensure that the building was cleared. Whilst doing so, Jordan and Shanly were met on separate floors and Constable Hilaire again informed them of his intent to search the premises and showed them the search warrant.
In the presence of the defendants, Constable Hilaire commenced searching room one on the ground floor and noticed what appeared to be an indoor nursery of Cannabis. The Constable further noticed three wooden stands containing fifteen black seedling trays which were electrically wired and partially covered with clear plastic and what appeared to be cannabis plants in each stand.
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