Anand’s housekeeper’s son admits to ganja charges

The son of a house­keep­er who works for for­mer at­tor­ney gen­er­al Anand Ram­lo­gan on Thursday plead­ed guilty to charges of mar­i­jua­na cul­ti­va­tion and pos­ses­sion of the il­le­gal herb.

Kevin Rag­bir, 37, was ar­rest­ed dur­ing a po­lice raid at his home at Philip­pine, San Fer­nan­do on Wednes­day.

Rag­bir, a gar­den­er and elec­tri­cian, ap­peared in the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates Court.

Pros­e­cu­tor Cley­on Seedan said around 7.10 am on Wednes­day the po­lice went to his home with a war­rant to search for arms and am­mu­ni­tion.

The ac­cused ad­mit­ted he had a small quan­ti­ty of drugs in his room and mar­i­jua­na trees grow­ing in two buck­ets in the back­yard.

The mar­i­jua­na found in his room weighed 4.1 grammes.

His at­tor­ney Lester Chari­ah said Rag­bir had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions or pend­ing mat­ters and has ac­cept­ed cul­pa­bil­i­ty for the crimes.

Chari­ah said the drugs were for Rag­bir’s per­son­al use.

The at­tor­ney said his client grew the plants ac­ci­den­tal­ly and nev­er in­tend­ed to sell the il­le­gal drugs.

Se­nior Mag­is­trate Jo-Anne Con­nor said had it not been for the cul­ti­vat­ing charge she would have con­sid­ered plac­ing Rag­bir on a bond to keep the peace.

In­stead, the mag­is­trate fined him $750 or in de­fault 60 days hard labour on the pos­ses­sion charge and $2,500 or four months in jail on the cul­ti­vat­ing charge.

He was or­dered to pay $1,000 im­me­di­ate­ly and al­lowed one month to pay the bal­ance.

The mag­is­trate al­so or­dered that the seized mar­i­jua­na and plants be de­stroyed.

Rag­bir’s par­ents Goo­ma­tee and Pooran Rag­bir were in court for the mat­ter.

Goo­ma­tee had claimed the po­lice taunt­ed her dur­ing the raid which took place two days af­ter Ram­lo­gan ap­peared in court on three crim­i­nal charges.

Of­fi­cers de­nied the raid was linked to the Ram­lo­gan case.

Reporter: Sacha Wilson

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