Sounds like our OP hero knows the difference between parsley and pot. Doubtful he was sold fake shit.
Also, the death penalty, AFAIR, is for smuggling. The prosecutors of Matty's case pushed for the death penalty because he had said that, or they thought that, the contraband came into the country in books. It was the Coast Guard that came into his place that fateful night, not the TPD.
The prosecution, btw, didn't get their wish and Matty was released 10 years into a 15 year bit.
Remember how our long lost member got only 4 years for 400+ plants?
Also, why is everyone thinking 9 grams is a lot? It's just over a 1/4 ounce. Some folks I know burn through that in a weekend. Our OP Hero was a teatotaller by comparison.