Nor­ton St grand­fa­ther sen­tenced to four years for 34 kg of ganja

Stabroek News - - EDITORIAL -

A Nor­ton Street grand­fa­ther was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to four years im­pris­on­ment and fined $30,000 af­ter ad­mit­ting to pos­ses­sion of nar­cotics when he ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Judy Latch­man.

Stan­ley Pile, 59, of Nor­ton Street, pleaded guilty to a charge which stated that he had in his pos­ses­sion 34.048 kilo­grammes of mar­i­juana for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

Cus­toms Anti-Nar­cotic Unit (CANU) Pros­e­cu­tor Konyo San­di­ford in pre­sent­ing the facts to the court said that on Sun­day, CANU of­fi­cers went to Pile’s home at Camp and Nor­ton streets, where they con­ducted a search.

San­di­ford said that while search­ing the up­per flat of the home, in a “makeshift room,” the CANU of­fi­cers found three car­tons and two bar­rels con­tain­ing con­cealed pack­ages of leaves, seeds and stems.

The pros­e­cu­tor re­lated to the court that Pile, the only per­son at home at the time, was cau­tioned upon the discovery but he re­mained silent. At CANU head­quar­ters, Pile re­port­edly took own­er­ship of the nar­cotics which had been found. He told the of­fi­cers that he had been given the drugs “by some­one from over the river.”

Pile, be­fore the sen­tence was handed down, asked for the court to be le­nient with him since he is a fa­ther of seven and grand­fa­ther of five, and has small chil­dren.

The court was also in­formed by San­di­ford that in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing in re­la­tion to an­other sus­pect.

Stan­ley Pile

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