Drug farmer sentenced to four years
Aggravating factor was the intent of selling illicit drugs, Justice Perera
A49-year- old farmer has been sentenced to four years and nine months imprisonment for two counts of unlawful possession of illicit drugs. Iliesa Tuituba was sentenced by Justice Vincent Perera at the High Court in Suva last Friday. Tuituba was arrested on November 4, 2014. He was granted bail on June 30 last year but was later revoked on March 24 this year.
Justice Perera considered this time spent in custody and ruled that the accused serve a term of four years and a non-parole period of two years, nine months.
Meanwhile, on the first count, the court heard that on November 4, 2014 the accused unlawfully cultivated 443.6 grams of illicit drugs known as cannabis. On the second count, the court heard that on the same date at Wainadoi, Navua the accused unlawfully cultivated 7.6 kilograms of illicit drugs known as cannabis.
While delivering his sentence, Justice Perera said the aggravating factor had been that of what the prosecution had stated that the accused had the intention of selling the illicit drug to users.