Visitor ordered to pay a fine for drugs

A 57-year-old cruise ship passenger, who was found with $50 worth of cannabis, appeared in court today.

And for his crime, Robert Anthony DeRenzis, a construction worker, from New York, had to pay the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court a $750 forthwith fine.

DeRenzis was aboard the cruise liner Celebrity Summit, nine nautical miles, off Barbados when the chief of security got a whiff of marijuana coming from his cabin.

He apparently told the officials then that he bought the substance for US$200 to treat his acid reflux since small amounts of the drug were legal in his country for medicinal uses.

However when the ship anchored at the Bridgetown Port, DeRenzis was notified that the drug was illegal here and subsequently charged.

“I would like to apologize to the people of Barbados for breaking the law. I am very sorry,” DeRenzis said after pleading guilty to the offence before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today.

No conviction was recorded against him after the fine was paid, which gave him enough time to board the ship that was scheduled to leave port at 3 p.m.

25 Responses to Visitor ordered to pay a fine for drugs

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 9, 2018 at 6:51 am

    You should of gone to Colorado instead where you can smoke .

  2. Patrick January 9, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Angus Benn, do you have to smoke?

  3. Ras Small
    Ras Small January 9, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Tourism is our No.1 business?! $400 million per year to promote/advertise Barbados!!! Tourist come to Barbados to do wha? No gambling!(maybe Mega), No camouflage!(of any colour), No nude beaches, NO CANNABIS and prostitution is”technically” a no-no. but our neighbours/competitors offer if not all, sum of these. and our night life ends at 2/3 am, too.

    • Seanstar Bradshaw
      Seanstar Bradshaw January 9, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Well said! There is absolutely nothing to do in Barbados right about now ! They basically come to Barbados to get killed by boredom!

      • Belfast January 9, 2018 at 1:16 pm

        And we expect to compete with cruise liners when these same cruise liners offer some of the finest entertainment and recreational facilities.
        I wonder if the Captains of visiting yachts are just as keen on reporting such offences on entering some of the other ports of entry.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 9, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Seanstar Bradshaw or robbed

    • Imar V Boyce
      Imar V Boyce January 9, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Good point

    • Daniel Forde
      Daniel Forde January 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Yep i found that too when i visited family. Everything was dead harbour whites empty…the cliff empty…it was peak season. Really sad that barbados can’t find another income than old or famous douchbags

    • Rev. Winston Jones January 9, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Believe it or not, some people just want a safe place to get away to for a week to ten days to just lie on a beach somewhere, soak up some warm sunshine and get a rest. The global lifestyle is hectic and harried and with the instant gratification “syndrome” that is now the norm, many need that space to slow down and let their heart rate be reduced, literally. It is an unwise business philosophy to go into business with the mindset that your business should offer the same thing the businesses on the street are offering. Stand out from the crowd. Take a risk. Offer something that the world needs and the world will find your doors and ultimately your cash register. The world didn’t know we needed cell phones until we got them. They didn’t know we needed smart phones until we got them. Step out of the box. Think difference. We have to think difference before we can move in the direction of making a difference.

    • Ras Small
      Ras Small January 9, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Or food prices.
      All da got is Q, Oistins (boring & xpensive), St.Lawrence Gap, a submarine and a few small parks & beaches.

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley January 9, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Gillian Skeete or choked by the sewerage stench

    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose January 9, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Leagal weed up to1oz shkuld be legalized with the gov having total control. It could generate up to 100 million per year. Not to mention free up space in the court system. And reduce young people having a criminal record. A win win fkr every one.

    • Kerry Tailz A
      Kerry Tailz A January 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      These old politicians and closed minded official etc. Complaining about income but yet there is a source. Legalize the weed

    • Jason Arthur
      Jason Arthur January 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      He should have got 6 mouths in jail like any body in Barbados SMFH look Barbados fa ma do

    • Robbie-John Creole
      Robbie-John Creole January 9, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      We spend $400 million and eatn how much again?

  4. Daniel Forde
    Daniel Forde January 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Also can you use 12 text size as its now the standard. Barbados todays print is way too small

  5. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie January 9, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Did the Cruise ship notify medical marijuana users that the drug was illegal in Barbados waters … Moral of story …always be nice to chief steward and travel with your Doctors prescription!

  6. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison January 9, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Visitor or local alike, It is way pass time that the police, prosecutor, and the court’s time be wasted on these petty marijuana possession cases while we have a ridiculous amount of backlogged cases of serious criminal infractions awaiting adjudication.
    The powers that be cannot be serious in clearing those cases if they continue wasting the court’s time and the limited resources that this country have for delivering an acceptable working justice system.

  7. Anthony Dowe
    Anthony Dowe January 9, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    More money to ease the budget crisis!

  8. Elaine Vanhuis
    Elaine Vanhuis January 9, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    get off it Barbados, stop making a crime out of cannabis and see the crime in cigarettes Cigarettes and alcohol is more hazardous to ones health.

  9. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson January 9, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Dont understand why chief of security on ship would let this make it this far .dont make sence ship is 9 miles off Barbados and is not in port. Why would you turn over your own guest for a mattet like this .

  10. Hugh J Ferguson
    Hugh J Ferguson January 9, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Guess he won’t be back to vacation in BIM…LOL…

  11. Robbie-John Creole
    Robbie-John Creole January 9, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    It seems it is illegal on board too.

  12. Robert January 9, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    I wonder what the motivation of the chief of security to notify authorities of an offence that did not legally happen in Barbados!
    Why would the passenger want to enter Barbados? He could have stayed on the ship and not legally entered Barbados!
    There is something not quite right about this story. Have we been given all the facts?

  13. Jonah Banks January 10, 2018 at 7:24 am

    How come somebody can be quickly convicted for FIFTY dollars worth of weed, but a rape case takes years?


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