Ganja ‘connoisseur’ pleads not guilty

A man who “considers himself quite a connoisseur” pleaded guilty in Summary Court last week to possession and consumption of ganja, but not guilty to the more serious charge of possession with intent to supply.

Neuville Lloyd Cover Jr., 23, was described by his attorney, Crister Brady, as an avid ganja user.

The defendant was charged with possession of 662.51 grams of ganja (1.45 pounds) with intent to supply, following an incident on Sept. 6, 2015. The ganja was recovered at his residence in Bodden Town.

Cover was also charged with possession of a utensil used in the preparation of a controlled drug, the utensil being an electronic scale.

Mr. Brady explained that the illegal vegetable matter was found in Cover’s room, in various jars. “He considers himself quite a connoisseur. He keeps the ganja in separate jars to identify the persons from whom he buys. He does not fancy being ripped off,” the attorney told Magistrate Grace Donalds.

Crown counsel Candia James said the pleas were not acceptable.
Trial was set for Sept. 21.

Cover also pleaded guilty to possession of an unlicensed speargun that was found at the premises.