Man found guilty of drug traf­fick­ing sen­tenced to 18 months in prison and fined €1,000

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

A man was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to 18 months im­pris­on­ment and or­dered to pay a fine of €1,000 af­ter be­ing found guilty of drug traf­fick­ing.

Aus­tralia-born Joseph Camil­leri, 44, was found to be in pos­ses­sion of co­caine and cannabis, in amounts that de­noted it was not for per­sonal use.

Mag­is­trate Con­suelo Scerri Her­rera said that whilst the court un­der­stood that the ac­cused may have changed his ways and is no longer a drug ad­dict, it could not ig­nore the se­ri­ous­ness of the crime.

The case dates back to May 2001, when the po­lice con­ducted a search of the ac­cused’s res­i­dence in Zur­rieq. Here the po­lice came across a num­ber of sus­pi­cious items in­clud­ing sub­stances such as co­caine and cannabis resin.

It was stated that when the po­lice en­tered the res­i­dence the ac­cused at­tempted to throw a small bag out of the win­dow. The bag was retrieved and it re­sulted that it con­tained co­caine. The prose­cu­tion was led by In­spec­tor Jos­ric Mif­sud.

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