Mother fined over cannabis plant

Cannabis is regularly discovered in Belize City, but not cannabis plants which can usually be found in the countryside. However, in July of 2012 police found such a plant at the home of 44 year old Olympia King on St. Joseph Street.

Late last year Olympia King, a mother of six, was found guilty of cultivation of cannabis and possession of a pipe, also found during the police’s search.

Upon appearing in Court on Tuesday for sentencing, Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer heard mitigation pleas from attorneys Ellis Arnold and Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, who also represented son Tyrone, daughter Sherin and common-law husband, the late Harrison Smith, killed last year.

The Senior Magistrate set a fine of $10,000 to be paid by March 31, in default three years in prison. The sentence of six months for the pipe was suspended for two years, on the condition that she avoid conviction on any drug related offence, otherwise it will be served.

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