Visitor and ‘dealer’ answer for a spliff

A 39-year-old Polish cruise visitor, who marred his “perfect” vacation when he tried to buy cannabis from a local, had to part with $300 today.

“I am sorry for what I did, but it’s [also] hard to say sorry because I wanted to smoke some weed. I was on a beautiful beach, beautiful water, everything was so perfect but I screwed [up] the moment,” Rafal Nikodem Dybowski told Magistrate Douglas Frederick.

Dybowski, who was jointly charged with 39-year-old Leroy Campbell, of No.103 Mount Friendship, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, were on Browne’s Beach yesterday when they were observed by police having a conversation.

Campbell then left the area and returned some 20 minutes later. The two then ventured into an area with trees and an exchange was made.

Leroy Campbell and Rafal Nikodem Dybowski

As police approached, Dybowski dropped his item, while Campbell pushed something into a hole. The visitor’s item was retrieved and when asked to account for the illegal substance, he replied “ I just wanted to get a spliff” while Campbell said, “ I ain’t do nothing wrong I just went for weed”.

Appearing in the No.1 District ‘A’ Court, Dybowski explained that he “didn’t expect that the drug was such a serious crime” in the country.

“Rastas and stuff in these parts smoke so I didn’t know that it wasn’t part of vacation,” the man, who was left behind by the cruise ship on which he arrived here, explained.

However, the magistrate pointed out that the secrecy of the transaction should have raised some red flags for him.

“I screwed up,” Dybowski, who was released into the custody of immigration officials after the fine was paid, said.

Meantime, an unpaid $300 fine, which carried a one month prison sentence and dated back to 2010, came back to haunt Campbell.

He explained that he was not working at the time and as such was unable to pay the money.

Campbell, who is known to the court, further explained that with respect to the cannabis offence he was simply trying to “help this guy here [when] he told me that he wanted some weed”.

However, the magistrate told Campbell that he knew the drug was illegal, having been before the court on similar offences before.

“You could have told him that drugs are illegal here but you did not dissuade him. Stop encouraging people on the beach or wherever to get drugs. You should be an ambassador to us and say, ‘drugs are illegal’,” Frederick said as he sentenced Campbell, who said he had no money to pay the $300 fine, to jail.

33 Responses to Visitor and ‘dealer’ answer for a spliff

  1. Alana Hansa
    Alana Hansa January 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Come on Barbados legalize it. All the tourists will just go Jamaica. Marijuana is a Caribbean expectation just like the sun, sea and sand.

    • Earl Crichlow
      Earl Crichlow January 17, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      We’ve to get rid of the stiffs..
      To many stiffs running dis little country….

  2. Ser Adelphel
    Ser Adelphel January 17, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    I will never understand why weed is so vigorously taboo in Barbados

  3. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole January 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    A waste of precious time and resources.

  4. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson January 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm


  5. Cheryl Carter
    Cheryl Carter January 17, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Ser Adelphel. Go to Malaysia buy drugs and ask that same question

    • Ser Adelphel
      Ser Adelphel January 17, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      You say ” drugs ” with a conspicuously ominous connotation as if weed falls into the same category as cocaine or heroine. I’m willing to wager that you could smoke cigarettes in Malaysia.

    • Ser Adelphel
      Ser Adelphel January 17, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      and I just researched it and you CAN smoke cigarettes in Malaysia. So why would they ordain a prohibition on marijuana and not cigarettes?. Doesn’t make sense.

    • Ser Adelphel
      Ser Adelphel January 17, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      Just because something is legislatively prohibited doesn’t make it right automatically.

  6. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson January 17, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Why not be fined the visitor same time for such a small quantity of weed and allow him to get back on his cruise ship .why for such a small quantity of weed and it is known that here it is real small quantities for a spliff compared to any where else in the world. Have to miss his cruise then. Be turn over to immigration for just a spliff why can he just paid leave court go to airport get on plane and meet his ship. Why all the waste of resources just for a spliff even if it illegal.

    • Larry Thompson
      Larry Thompson January 17, 2018 at 11:45 pm

      But a spliff in barbados is the smallest amount of weed you Will get any where in the world.its dust .dirt

  7. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson January 17, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    We are democratic @ Cheryl carter

  8. Floyd Hazell
    Floyd Hazell January 17, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Bout 15 unmark jeeps 4 task force jeeps an still 6 normal police jeeps came for this man for a 5 bag

  9. Floyd Hazell
    Floyd Hazell January 17, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    I think he got his hand broken also for the police

  10. Rico Seale
    Rico Seale January 17, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    By now they can easily say they lost the battle on marijuana use and needs to focus more on something else .

  11. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow January 17, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Smh….to many stiffs running dis lil country…the country brek so every little count.

  12. Jason Arthur
    Jason Arthur January 17, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Things like that don’t even reach the court police officers taking it and breaking up

  13. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 17, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    mr federicks u are a very unlucky man with these unpaid fines, last one wid ah fine not paid in 2006..some 12 years ago, and now 2010..some 8 years now…..hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm tell ya

  14. Gregg Moseley Clarke
    Gregg Moseley Clarke January 17, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Stupse… enough already

  15. Luke Whitington
    Luke Whitington January 17, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    This is madness. Absolute madness. Who was hurt in this episode?

    • Bob Puffett
      Bob Puffett January 18, 2018 at 1:19 am

      But they need the money to pay for drug rehab and more welfare

  16. Wayne Roach-cumberbatch
    Wayne Roach-cumberbatch January 18, 2018 at 12:59 am

    alcohol is a drug.not weed…de magistrate is an ass

  17. Eleanor Maxine Harewood
    Eleanor Maxine Harewood January 18, 2018 at 1:18 am

    We have to set standards home in Bim u know …Barbados is a respectable place

  18. Simon Gooding
    Simon Gooding January 18, 2018 at 3:20 am

    …..Buhbaydus people…ask the AG why he doesnt wanta legalise ganja….?????..Its a cash cow for the government…. Legalising means the goverment cant make no more money…wake-up sheeple….

  19. Tony Corbin
    Tony Corbin January 18, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Come on, it’s hardly the crime of the century but instead another form of tax on poor people, meanwhile the rich bun and hide.

  20. Shawn Daniel
    Shawn Daniel January 18, 2018 at 3:56 am

    why are u still locking up ppl for a spliff , Barbados is so backwards in this time it’s hard to watch

  21. Hyacinth Mayers
    Hyacinth Mayers January 18, 2018 at 4:50 am

    If it”s illegal it’s wrong. You can’t let people come and disrespect yr country like that. I wonder what the laws are in Poland on drugs. Do you think as a black bajan you get away with it ?

  22. Kathy January 18, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Well their actions clearly showed that they both knew what they were doing is wrong. Even where weed is legal to purchase, you have to do so under certain conditions. Stop trying to make wrong seems right.

  23. Willz Power
    Willz Power January 18, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Stop charging people for weed when alcohol still legal. This is a waste of time. That man should be able to come here and sample 19 different types of greenery.

    Y’all should be dealing with actual crimes.

  24. jay January 18, 2018 at 5:59 am

    way to destroy what little of a tourist economy we got left. We got sewage running in the streets and we locking up vistitors for a small spliff. He will never come back to Bim, none of his friends or anyone he tells the story to will come here.

  25. Sherryann January 18, 2018 at 6:50 am

    It’s illegal in Barbados adhere to the laws let it go peoples start small bigger problems will follow

  26. Belfast January 18, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    How about the cruise ships which come to Barbados and demonstrates zero tolerance of the use of marijuana. Only last week one cruise ship passenger was caught smoking pot in his cabin by the Captain of the ship and was turned over to the local police on berthing.
    Will this seemingly high handed action by the cruise liners deter people from taking cruises?


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