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Santo Domingo. - U.S. citizen Michael Richard Spelman, in October, 2011 with a backpack full of transgenic marijuana, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined RD$50,000 in a National District court.

He was found guilty of violating Controlled Substances Law by 4th Appellate Court presiding judge Pilar Rufino, on charges of possessing 21 packets of marijuana.

Spelman, 31, and a professional model from California, was arrested by the National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) in the capital’s downtown Churchill Av., with 18 packets, while a subsequent search of a Cabarete, Puerto Plata hotel turned up three more.

The DNCD said Spelman, arrested at a busy bus stop, sold the ??genetically manipulated and powerful marijuana to special customers in the Dominican Republic, where the variety is virtually unknown.

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Written by: ingle23 This user is banned, 2 Nov 2012 10:29 AM
From: United States, brooklyn, NY
U.S. citizen Michael Richard Spelman, in October, 2011 with a backpack full of transgenic marijuana, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined RD$50,000 in a National District court.

Another EXPAT!!!!!BITES THE DUST.....what about DK (Sandusky)
1. Visa violation
2. Taxes??
3. Is his Dominican license updated/decal (marvete)
4. Business permits updated

DK look foward to a B-G inquiry pretty soon.

Written by: RobertoJose, 2 Nov 2012 10:57 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues and stripe bass
This is what I'm talking about, a 5 year sentence for a few ounces Mary-Jane(WHAT SCUM BAGGZ DEES OFFICIALS ARE) and our ex-prez gets to walk with a fat purse full of ill-gotten sudden wealth.

I guess if he was banging all the wives of the military and the officials, it would be swept under the table.

Written by: elBuscoon, 2 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
From: Cuba, La Havana, Que Viva La Revolucion

Oh Well at least he can have is professional model from California fly in once a week and get laid.
Written by: GNLove, 2 Nov 2012 12:14 PM
From: Dominican Republic
At least he has some pot to smoke while he is inside, according to the article:

U.S. citizen Michael Richard Spelman, in October, 2011 with a backpack full of transgenic marijuana, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined RD$50,000 in a National District court.
Written by: okian, 2 Nov 2012 12:19 PM
From: United States
It's all about money in the DR....and obviously he didn't have enough to buy his way out of 5 years.
Written by: walnut, 2 Nov 2012 12:25 PM
From: Dominican Republic, La Romana
Story is, he had over 2 pounds.
Five years for exotic weed, when put into a realistic sentence of DR jurisprudence , is worse than stealing over one billion dollars?
Running your girlfriend over in rage and killing her?
Putting feces in salami?

In many states in the US, it's a felony.
Still, nowhere as severe. Capital crimes are given 25 to life.

Is there more here?
No money to grease the pigs?
Written by: GNLove, 2 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Justice System in the Dominican Republic

open.salon.com/blog/timotuck/2011/04/28/justice_system_in_the_dominican_republic

The inescapable conclusion is that the Dominican penitentiary and justice systems are highly inefficient; incarcerated individuals spend long periods in prison; justice is delayed but, when finally meted out, severe. Very little of all this is true. Indeed, the prevailing system is almost the complete opposite. And it could be no other way.
Written by: danny00, 2 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island
.Over 33,600 Dominicans in foreign jails
posted on: Apr 12 2010 11:33 by Royston. Viewed 586 times.


33.675 Dominicans are currently in foreign jails around the world, mainly on convictions for drugs, rape, homicide, immigration problems and violation of traffic laws. According to statistics from the Consular department of the Directorate of Prisons, the numbers are made up as; 22.314 in the United States, 9.385 in Europe and Asia, 1.078 in South America and 898 in Central America HELLO MR. JOKER HOW THE F%&* ARE U TODAY?

NICE GUYS THEY ARE? WHAT THE STATES DOES TO THESE DOMINICAN. SO WRONG THEY ARE THEY JUST DONT UNDERSTAND DOMINICANS DO THEY?
Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 2 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
From: Dominican Republic
No bait for fishing today Danny?
Written by: Vivacuba, 2 Nov 2012 1:05 PM
From: Dominican Republic
it is because he is a gringo
Written by: danny00, 2 Nov 2012 1:06 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island
Among South American countries that hold Dominicans in prison are Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and others, while in Central America, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and in Europe; Portugal, Greece, Spain, Morocco, France, Switzerland. Caribbean countries include; Jamaica, Curacao, Haiti and Cuba.

Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 2 Nov 2012 1:33 PM
From: Dominican Republic
New Game...Find Danny

keysso dot net
Written by: ingle23 This user is banned, 2 Nov 2012 1:36 PM
From: United States, brooklyn, NY
It's a waste of valuable time.....
Written by: ramapo13, 2 Nov 2012 2:41 PM
From: United States
Abjoker...You live in Hong Kong? Porn capital of the world and you write crap without any substantiation? Americans come to the Dr because the beaches are beautiful and the people friendly. The same with Thailand.....because a few deviants take advantage of children do not label the majority. It would be like saying all Dominican woman are prostitutes because prostitution is legal in the DR.
Written by: ingle23 This user is banned, 2 Nov 2012 3:02 PM
From: United States, brooklyn, NY
There are some decent EXPATS; on the other hand you have those who are predators and child molester. Those are the ones that we need to chase out of the Island but, no before they have served time in prison. Just go to Boca Chica or Cabarete, Sosua and you will see it with your own eyes. Once again, no all are guilty. There are missionaries doing charitable work and trying to help and charitable organizations as well. The problems are the Dominican authorities and the local hustlers, these groups only sees $$$$$
Written by: ramapo13, 2 Nov 2012 3:49 PM
From: United States
And where are the parents of these children....?
Written by: VeronicaDR, 2 Nov 2012 5:46 PM
From: United States
Obviously he refused to pay or did not have enough money to walk.
Written by: lovingit, 2 Nov 2012 6:07 PM
From: United States, Delaware
I guess he forgot to read the US Travel Advisory on the DR where it says that trafficking chargers in DR are severe... this is nothing new either on this advisory, I've seen it for years and before it even said that the punishment would be more severe than what it is usually found on the US, even for possession.

travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1103.html#criminal_penalties
Written by: Chompiras, 2 Nov 2012 6:09 PM
From: United States, Rapidos Grandes area, Michigan
5 years for some weed while corrupt politicians go free? Something's not right here!
Written by: Escott, 2 Nov 2012 6:40 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
You guys are funny.

What the US does to Dominicans?

Only to Criminals not to others. Dominicans don't know how to obey laws because they are not enforced in the DR so they act the same way in other countries and spend time in Jails because of it.
Many well healed Dominicans in the US making a legit living.

Toursists are hear to molest children? Look at Sosua, Cabarete and Boca Chica?

As in all walks of life you have the good bad and ugly. Most tourists are good people. Very very few are rotten but we will continue to have the rotten ones. More Dominicans selling women in Sosua and other towns, more Dominicans use prostitutes than tourists. That is a fact.
Written by: Escott, 2 Nov 2012 6:42 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
Stupid people who sell drugs get what they deserve whether they are Americans, Europeans or Dominicans. Dominicans get lighter sentences here because of discrimination.
Written by: Escott, 2 Nov 2012 6:42 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
Stupid people who sell drugs get what they deserve whether they are Americans, Europeans or Dominicans. Dominicans get lighter sentences here because of discrimination.
Written by: BASTA, 2 Nov 2012 6:51 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
AbgJOKER,==3***s 2++s
Written by: ramapo13, 2 Nov 2012 7:06 PM
From: United States
Lovinit...Meanwhile every vendor on the beach deals drugs or can get them for you.....
Written by: jasfalon, 2 Nov 2012 7:42 PM
From: United States
Anyone want any Sour Deisel? Meet me at lax in cabarete..
Written by: venganzaderafael, 3 Nov 2012 1:38 AM
From: United States
Lovingit,

You are correct. I had a friend who years ago spent 30 days
In jail because police found 3 marijuana SEEDS in her pocketbook.
Written by: pelaut, 3 Nov 2012 9:08 AM
From: United States
A "model" from California? Where — the Baja where the kiddie porn is made?
Even if he buys his way out of jail, he won't ever v be tight enough to "model" again, thank God.
Written by: ramapo13, 3 Nov 2012 9:25 AM
From: United States
Pelaut....kiddie porn in baja...really? Care to offer any proof or are you offering up ignorance this morning? And please tell me, how do you justify rape as a punishment for selling pot? Stupido!
Written by: DomRat, 4 Nov 2012 8:02 AM
From: Dominican Republic
5 years is indisputeably harsh, howeverIt is well to remember the man was a 'guest’ in the country and abused that coming here to vend his high priced and hopped up grass. I would not put this fellow in the category of a recreational user but that of a businessman. I will grant that pot is a lot easier on the system than most drugs and strong drink but those commenting it’s all about money are correct and this fellow came here to enjoy a 'paid vacation'. Would be interesting to know if his passport showed regular trips here, a sort of on going criminal enterprise however benign. He had to have lined up his customers in some fashion.
Written by: jasfalon, 4 Nov 2012 8:56 AM
From: United States
I've been smoking for over 40 years and this is the first time I've heard pot called 'transgenic'. We call the high THC pot hydro, indoor, greenbud, homegrown, but not transgenic. The 'good stuff' originated in The Dam, and EVERYBODY uses strains from there, and now, BC Canada, California, and Colorado. Long live Haze, Kush, Diesel, ...and the pot scientists.
Written by: GringoRandy, 4 Nov 2012 1:27 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago
There goes the price of synthesized pot. But the again, I'm not a rich American.
Written by: HateitorLOVEIT, 5 Nov 2012 9:53 AM
From: United States, Washington, DC
What they hell are you doing.. selling "the weed" in the DR! You're from Cali.... Take that *hit back to Cali where you know that you can sell it for a better price and it's basically... basically.. legal .. especially in the mid to upper part...... You got your self in trouble b/c you were smoking your own stuff!!!
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