A judge yesterday passed a lenient sentence on a cannabis trafficker because the drugs had been destined for sale outside Hong Kong. District Court Judge Peter Line departed from a Court of Appeal guideline in relation to cannabis offences. The seized cannabis was destined for Holland, where there was a different attitude towards drugs, he said. Ostrowski Jaroslaw, 35, originally of Poland, had pleaded guilty to one charge of trafficking 6.05 kilograms of cannabis and another of being in possession of a forged document. Jaroslaw was jailed for 18 months after Judge Line reduced the Court of Appeal's suggested starting sentence from 36 months to 18 months, deducted six months for Jaroslaw's guilty plea and sentenced him to another six months for holding a forged Dutch passport. Prosecutor Kwok Wing-lung said the defendant was intercepted at the Kai Tak transit lounge by two Customs officers on January 22. The prosecution said Jaroslaw had just arrived from Kathmandu, Nepal, and was about to board a flight to Amsterdam. Inside the Customs office, a slab of cannabis was found concealed inside a false compartment at the bottom of his travelling bag. Under caution, he told police he had bought the cannabis in Nepal for US$2,500 (HK$19,325) and was intending to sell it in Amsterdam for US$6,000. Barrister Edward Laskey, for the defence, said Jaroslaw, who operated a pesticide control and clothing business in Poland, had emigrated to Holland to start a new life after divorcing his wife last year.