A Navosa man has been sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for planting more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.
Mesulame Kurinacoba led police to his farm in 2017 after his activities were discovered by the police drug intelligence unit. Police then uprooted 1,589 marijuana plants high in the mountains of Navosa.
Judge Justice Salesi Temo states in sentencing that the 198 kilograms of the drug is one of the few cases that passed the 100 kilograms mark.
Justice Temo adds the amount of illicit drugs found showed Kurinacoba’s deliberate contempt for the law and that his sentence will act as a deterrence to others.
Kurinacoba is not eligible for parole until he’s served 15 years of his sentence.