Hefty fine for Golden Grove man
The man who was arrested last week after police found a large sum of cash, ammunition and drugs at his Golden Grove home was fined when he appeared before the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court Tuesday.
Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh fined Dane Airall Jr. $40,000.00 for the cannabis and $5000.00 for the bullets that were discovered at his residence.
Additionally, the local and foreign currencies seized by the police were forfeit and will be placed in the government’s Consolidated Fund, but not before his attorney, Wendel Robinson, argued for the cash to be returned to his client.
Robinson explained to the court that Airall is a businessman who operates a taxi and a snackette. He said his client makes approximately $4000.00 monthly as a taxi operator with additional income earned through the snackette.
Despite advancing a strong argument, the Airall’s lawyer was unsuccessful in convincing the court to return the money.
Airall. has until 30th December, 2022, to pay the fine of $45,000. In default, he will spend 18 months in prison.
Last Thursday, the police executed a search warrant in the presence of Airall and his partner Merlyn Richards.
Richards, who pleaded not guilty to the charges against her in court on Monday, was freed of the charges after the prosecution moved for their dismissal.
During the search, the law enforcement officers discovered local and foreign currencies, ammunition, cannabis and drug paraphernalia.