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Cruise passenger jailed for marijuana

COURT TODAY BLOCKAn American cruise passenger who had cannabis while on board the ship in the Bridgetown Port took a detour yesterday.

Instead of cruising, Christopher James Sarette, 31, will be spending a month here at HMP Dodds. Even if he had come up with the fines, the ship had already sailed.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick imposed two fines to be paid forthwith on Sarette, who pleaded guilty to two October 1 drug charges when he appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

He was fined $750 for possession of marijuana and $1,000 for importing it. Both sentences carried an alternative of one month in jail.

Sarette, from 4314 Tewa Court, Las Cruces, New Mexico was a passenger on the Adventure of the Seas which was berthed at Bridgetown Port.

Sergeant Martin Rock said the Chief of Security saw Sarette smoking a spliff. He was held and the police called. When his cabin was searched, 14 grams more of cannabis was found.

He later told police he had bought it in St Lucia on September 30, just before coming to Barbados.

When asked if he had anything to say before sentencing, the visitor said he had smoked some while in St Lucia and had done so again here, but had no idea it was against the law because no one had told him.

14 Responses to Cruise passenger jailed for marijuana

  1. Seth St John
    Seth St John October 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    This is exactly how to make our tourism product flourish!!! Round of applause for those in charge…… Ducking idiots..

  2. Artneal Bear Abbey
    Artneal Bear Abbey October 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    $1,750 for possession and importation? WTF is that all?

  3. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell October 3, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    useless to comment on this, I think it has all been said before

  4. Kimberly October 3, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    My gosh it’s just some herbs.. Barbados need to update the law.. weed is ok.. it’s not doing no harm. Liquor do more harm. Legalize it and make some money off it.. just like sugar cane .. ya made rum out of it right

  5. dave October 3, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Foolishness !!!

  6. Alan Highton October 3, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Fifteen years ago that person would tell 50 people that Barbados is an unfriendly place. Today the internet will tell 10 million.

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Listen people laws are on the books and if he broke them he got what he deserves if it was other way around Bajan been caught doing same exact thing in USA the penalty would have been harsher,simple respect whatever country you are visiting laws.And because island depends on tourism let visitors come here and do whatever they like including breaking the law thats a damm stupid idea people becareful what ya all wish for.

  8. jrsmith October 5, 2015 at 4:57 am

    @,All, hail, hail, the political thing is working, people sniping at each other continuously, deflecting from the people ,put in power to manage Barbados ltd. bajans need to unite come together get rid of the failure government we are paying for.

    Lawlessness kills your society and not because we have old laws in Barbados , people use that as an excuse, the majority of bajans was and always would be law abiding people, but , our country and people should not be blame, its our politicians, because we give the privilege to them to look after our people ..

    BAJANS WE NEED OUR COUNTRY BACK ,as I said many times Barbados is there for the taking , but not by bajans. see how we are loosing all bajans businesses one by one, now our beer.

  9. Alex 3 October 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    To Alan Highton’s comments, and 50 million will say any country that deals with situations such as this as Barbados has must be a place where I would like to take my family. Now if we could just get the bleeding guns.


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