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Two men facing drugs related charges to be sentenced on Friday

November 6, 2018 9:29 pm

Two men convicted of cultivating more than one thousand kilograms of marijuana in Kadavu valued at twenty-million dollars will be sentenced by the Suva High court this Friday.

Amani Masikerei was convicted of one count of unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs while his co-accused 23-year-old Samuela Natokalau had pleaded guilty to his charges.

The court heard that the two men cultivated 1,440 marijuana plants – equivalent to 1, 046.8 kilograms in Kadavu last year.

In court yesterday, head of the Drugs Unit at the CID Headquarters detective inspector, Anare Masitabua gave evidence on the street value of the drugs as the Defense was disputing the value of the plant.

Masitabua informed the court that all drugs have different values and that the $20 million figure was taken into account through the cannabis plants, buds, small branches and seeds.

The matter is adjourned to Friday.