A Court in Bermuda sentenced a Royal Caribbean waiter, Ricardo Stewart, 32, of Ochos Rios Jamaica, to 15 years in prison for organizing the smuggling of cocaine on the Explorer of the Seas. We reported on the story in a prior article - Another Royal Caribbean Crew Member Busted for Drug Smuggling.
The Royal Gazette newspaper in Bermuda reported on the emotional statement Mr. Stewart made at the hearing:
"I’m innocent. I’ve been working on the cruise ships for nine and a half years and taking care of my son and my fiancee and my mother. I’ve never been involved with anything to do with the law . . . I promised my son I would never be away from him more than six months. I’ve been locked up since June and the Crown wants to send me away 20 years. I will plead my innocence until I die.”
The Court indicated that it was mindful of Mr. Stewart’s two dependents his child and mother, and then imposed a sentence of 15 years, with time spent in prison to be taken into account.
Photo credit: Bermuda Sun