Allan Dolan Barnett was sentenced on Thursday for possession of ganja inside Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward.
Defence attorney John Furniss said prison authorities had already imposed a penalty in that Barnett, 59, had been housed in “F Wing, where considerable privileges are afforded”. He was there partly because of his good behaviour and partly because of a request by a medical doctor, Mr. Furniss said.
In F Wing, Barnett had a small television as part of his privileges. But he has now lost that because he was moved back to B Wing with the general prison population.
Barnett pleaded guilty to having 13.1 grams [under half an ounce] of the illegal substance on 6 September.
Crown Counsel Renuka Rambhajan told the court that a prison officer observed Barnett with a bulge in his waist. He instructed Barnett to hand over whatever the item was. Barnett gave him an orange medicine bottle and a black plastic bag. Both contained vegetable matter that was later tested and shown to be ganja.
Barnett told the officer he had found the items on the compound and he intended to smoke the ganja.
Mr. Furniss said Barnett was already serving a rather lengthy sentence – seven years, imposed in November 2011 for possession of cocaine with intent to supply.