No break

IGNORANCE OF LAW NO EXCUSE FOR CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER CAUGHT WITH SPLIFF

A woman from Guadeloupe had to part with $350 after being caught with marijuana, even though she claimed she had no idea smoking the drug was illegal here.

Maeva Wierstra, a 29-year-old passenger on board the Costa Favolosa cruise ship, today pleaded guilty when she appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

In outlining the facts, police prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that police responded to a report of a sale occurring between Wierstra and a man on Browne’s Beach yesterday.

Lawmen approached the woman and requested a search, and the spliff was found in her possession.

She admitted to having the drugs, and reportedly told officers that in France she was allowed a cigarette and did not believe she was committing an offence.

Wierstra gave Frederick the same explanation.

She apologized to the court, saying that she did not know “it was like this on the island”. Wierstra added that now that she knew the law, it “would not happen again”.

“In my country, one cigarette is allowed,” she told Frederick.

However, the magistrate informed her that countries have different laws and the substance was indeed illegal here.

He then imposed the fine which had to be paid immediately if Wierstra wanted to avoid a week in prison.

The fine was paid.

28 Responses to No break

  1. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor December 20, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse… I would bet d cruise ship advised d passengers that certain drugs were illegal in the caribbean and to avoid them at all costs!

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    • Patrina Drakes
      Patrina Drakes December 20, 2016 at 7:24 am

      Yes they do. Every night you get a leaflet about the next port you are going to and on the for Barbados you are inform that camouflage and drugs illegal . Maybe she don’t think weed is a drug but then again if she thought it was legal did she try getting it for one of stores / pharmacies first like how she would be able to do in France ?

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva December 20, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      When you Google Barbados it gives you that information. Not knowing the law in this day and age is no excuse.

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  2. Dave Person
    Dave Person December 20, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Was it not $750 that people have to pay?

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  3. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde December 20, 2016 at 7:25 am

    THAT MEANS YOU ARE A STUPID WOMAN,IT IS A VERY FLIMSY EXCUSE..YOU COME TO A FOREIGN LAND,DONT KNOW THE LAWS AND CUSTOMS,IF IN DOUBT,DONT DO IT..

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    • Daniel Burton
      Daniel Burton December 20, 2016 at 7:33 am

      U do realise that if you are perceived to be a tourist in this country you are bombarded by people that want to sell everything under the sun Including any type of drug on the market? I’m not sticking up for her but her story is quite plausible

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    • Keith Forde
      Keith Forde December 20, 2016 at 7:39 am

      WELL DANIEL,I UNDESTAND WHERE YOU COMING FROM,THIS IS A QUESTION I ASK OF YOU..YOU ARE ON A FLIGHT TO AMERICA,AN OLD LADY GIVE YOU A BAG TO CARRY FOR HER,SHE SAID IT HEAVY.WOULD YOU HANDLE THE BAG

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    • Ryan Corbin
      Ryan Corbin December 20, 2016 at 10:31 am

      What does that have to do with this scenario?

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  4. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza December 20, 2016 at 7:39 am

    And please people we in the 21 st century. You doz get anything you want bout hay, legal or not aint? (Rhetorical question).

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  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 20, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Ignorance is bliss.

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  6. MIIB December 20, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Don’t worry, Barbados is the most overpriced island in the carom and they are other places where people can get value for money and enjoy a good spliff without the harrasment…. you remain ignorant to the facts about this plant…. and as you clearly see people get 750 and probation for a spliff with drug counselling to boot smh

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  7. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn December 20, 2016 at 8:00 am

    U r right Sharon Taylor I worked on cruise ships and they “always caution u about the dos and don’ts of all countries that they go

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  8. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian December 20, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Meanwhile, most of the rest of the world is moving towards decriminalization of it to avoid incarceration for non violent offenses and putting police, court and prison resources to better use. Meanwhile men shooting up BIM weekly.
    I think that the law should look to see if this is helping or hurting BIM.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva December 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      The fact that it has not been decriminalised and is illegal means she has to be charged in order to up hold the law. This is why until it becomes legal there has to be an agreement to allow a very small amount which is considered not for trafficking purposes, so that the police and courts are not spending time and money on such petty crime. In Canada if it is under the amount that is considered for trafficking the weed would be confiscated without penalty.

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  9. Denise Blackman
    Denise Blackman December 20, 2016 at 8:08 am

    29 years ???

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  10. Maria December 20, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Well, MIIB, let them go somewhere else to buy their drugs and take you with them

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  11. The Negrocrat December 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

    A waste of time.
    People have civil cases that are taking years to get a courts settlement and we wasting time with splifts

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  12. Ryan Shepherd
    Ryan Shepherd December 20, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Seriously that’s what Barbados got time to do? I wish every tourist started smoking and refused to come to Barbados after this story!

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  13. Adelia de Silvia
    Adelia de Silvia December 20, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I always asked myself that. Or whatever she paid, it’s share with the cop? Just curious.

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  14. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley December 20, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Smh. The amount of resources used just to bring this to court. Yawn.

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  15. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte December 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    That is all? the treasury needs cash and my street want debushing. These Wishy Washy fines i tell ya.. smfh

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  16. Poster Man
    Poster Man December 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    stranger is a ranger….anthony b

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  17. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva December 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I am all for the legalisation of weed, however, the fact is whether it be a refer or a lb of weed there is a law that says it is illegal and we must abide by the law.

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  18. Thomas Bailey
    Thomas Bailey December 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    That’s how the scam works in Cancun, anyway. “Hey, amigo, want something?” No thanks. Ten minutes later, I see drug dealer and cop chatting. My goal is to never see the inside of a jail. Unfortunately, some people are just easy to entrap.

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  19. Jo December 20, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Was the dealer also fined/imprisoned?

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  20. Richard Hughes December 21, 2016 at 1:08 am

    The big point being missed is that the seller was not arrested. They went after the simple tourist for possession of one splurge. Why did they not arrest the person pushing the weed? Too many people in jail for having a spliff but hiw many are there for trafficking? It would be great to see these comparative statistics published.

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