Kenneth Thompson, a farmer of Aruwau Village, Deep South Rupununi, was on Friday jailed for three years and fined $15,000 by Senior Magistrate Judy Latchman after admitting to cultivating 12 cannabis plants on his farm at Aruwai.Kenneth Thompson leaving the court roomFacts presented to the court detail that Police ranks acting on information went to Thompson’s farm on April 18 last and confronted him about planting the prohibited substance, and a search carried out on the farm unearthed the 12 plants.In his defence, Thompson told the court he and his brother cultivate the plants.Magistrate Latchman said fining Thompson $15,000 and sentencing him to three years in prison was based on his early guilty plea and the need to stop others from committing the offence for which he was charged.
LOS ANGELES — Carmelo Anthony had 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Kenyon Martin added 16 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 105-94 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Kwame Brown led Los Angeles with 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Kobe Bryant had 15 points and three assists in 30 minutes and was 6-for-16 from the field for the Lakers, who shot 42.5 percent, including 3-for-17 from 3-point range. Denver opened the game with a 16-3 run that included six of Anthony’s 20 first-half points. His 3-pointer gave the Nuggets a 63-53 halftime lead. DerMarr Johnson’s three-point play capped an 11-2 spurt that gave Denver an 81-61 lead with 5:08 left in the third quarter. Less than 1 1/2 minutes later, Martin slammed home a perfect alley-oop feed from Anthony, and the Lakers got no closer than 11 points after that as Greg Buckner and Anthony Miller contributed the bulk of Denver’s offense in the fourth quarter. Phil Jackson, coaching the Lakers at Staples Center for the first time since the 2004 playoffs, got a standing ovation when he took his place on the sidelines toward the end of the pregame shootaround. He acknowledged the crowd with a nod of his head and a wide grin that he usually reserves for championship clinchers. Nuggets coach George Karl, who has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season, allowed assistant Scott Brooks to coach this game and get a taste of what will be required of him when the Nuggets open the season at San Antonio and then take on the Lakers and Portland at home. Karl was not on the bench, but he was in the arena. Karl violated NBA policy last May when he attended a workout at Milwaukee that was run by Rick Majerus, the former coach at the University of Utah. He went there to watch his son Cody play, but two players who were not yet draft eligible also were working out _ including Illinois point guard Deron Williams, who eventually was drafted third overall by the Utah Jazz. Karl was also fined $20,000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week