Two farm­ers on re­mand, one on bail af­ter drug seizures

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Three farm­ers who were ar­rested af­ter they were stopped at a check­point in Nas­inu ap­peared at the Mag­is­trates Court in Si­ga­toka on Wed­nes­day.

On Au­gust 2, 2019, at Nas­inu, the three were trav­el­ling in a taxi and a black and white pouch containing dried leaves be­lieved to be marijuana and $3000 were seized dur­ing a search by Po­lice of­fi­cers.

The mat­ters were called be­fore Mag­is­trate Shageeth So­maratne.

First case:

Simione Yabia, 26, is charged with one count of found in pos­ses­sion of il­licit drug.

Yabia is al­leged to have been in pos­ses­sion of 352.3 grams of dried leaves be­lieved to be marijuana, an il­licit drug. Po­lice prose­cu­tor Con­sta­ble Setareki Mo­ce­vakaca served the ac­cused with full phase dis­clo­sures and ob­jected to bail.

Yabia waived his right to coun­sel and has been re­manded in cus­tody.

The mat­ter has been ad­journed to Septem­ber 11.

Sec­ond case:

Moape De­lai, 26, is charged with one count of found in pos­ses­sion of il­licit drug.

De­lai is al­leged to have been in pos­ses­sion of 165 grams of dried leaves be­lieved to be marijuana, an il­licit drug.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Con­sta­ble Setareki Mo­ce­vakaca served the ac­cused with full phase dis­clo­sures and ob­jected to bail.

De­lai waived his right to coun­sel and has been re­manded in cus­tody.

The mat­ter has been ad­journed for men­tion to Septem­ber 11.

Third case:

Waisea Nai­tini, 29, is charged with one count of found in pos­ses­sion of il­licit drug.

Nai­tini is al­leged to have been in pos­ses­sion of 1.0 grams of dried leaves be­lieved to be marijuana, an il­licit drug.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Con­sta­ble Setareki Mo­ce­vakaca served the ac­cused with full phase dis­clo­sures and ob­jected to bail.

Nai­tini waived his right to coun­sel and has pleaded guilty to the of­fence.

He was fined $200 in de­fault for 14 days im­pris­on­ment.

The mat­ter has been ad­journed for review of pay­ment at the Mag­is­trates Court in Nas­inu on Septem­ber 11.

Nai­tini has been re­leased on bail.

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