Man had $170,000 of cannabis in his home
A man caught with more than $170,000 of cannabis in his home is to be sentenced today.
Luri Scott, 25, pleaded guilty to three counts of handling drugs with intent to supply and one charge of possession of drug equipment.
The Supreme Court heard that officers raided his Warwick home on December 15, 2017.
During their search, they found more than 3,400g of cannabis, as well as 3.9g of cannabis resin and 14ml of liquid that contained tetrahydrocannabinol — the active ingredient in cannabis.Police also discovered scales and sandwich bags, which they alleged were used in the sale of drugs, along with $6,550 in cash.
Cindy Clarke, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, told the court that some of the cash was discovered by a drug-sniffing dog, which suggested the money and the drugs were linked.
She said the cannabis could fetch up to $171,350 if sold on the streets.
She added that the cannabis resin was worth $375 and tetrahydrocannabinol could be sold for $500.
Ms Clarke said Scott had no previous convictions and deserved a discount on his sentence for his guilty plea.
She suggested a sentence of between three and five years behind bars but Marc Daniels, who appeared for Scott, said such a sentence would be “harsh and excessive”.
Mr Daniels told the court Scott was not a drug dealer, but had agreed to allow the drugs to be stored at his home in exchange for free cannabis.
He said: “Mr Scott has basically made a stupid decision that has cost him greatly.
“He had the opportunity and was asked to hold a significant amount of cannabis and as a result he was going to get some free smoke.
“It’s not something where he was to receive commercial benefit.”
Mr Daniels said Scott was employed and the father of a young child.
He added that the bulk of the money seized belonged to his girlfriend and had nothing to do with drugs.
Scott told the court that he was not involved in gang activity or “anything negative” — except for holding the drugs.
Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons adjourned the case until this afternoon.
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