Bermuda's never ending war on cruise passengers continues with the Royal Gazette newspaper reporting today that "Tearful Cruise Passenger Fined for Drugs."
The newspaper reports that NCL cruise passenger Mr. Cruz (I'm not kidding) broke into tears today as he was charged with cannabis possession.
The case involves the familiar scheme where the Bermuda customs officials welcome the cruise passenger into their country to shop, eat and drink and then send sniffer dogs on the cruise ship to conduct random and warrant-less searches of the passengers' cabins.
The dogs sniffed out some reefer, 12 grams, from 26 year old Cruz' cabin on the Norwegian Star.
The sentencing judge was, as usual, Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner, whose title should be Senior Collector of Revenue.
Cruz pleaded for mercy: “I’m sorry. I know I was not supposed to do it but my mom has stage four cancer and my dad just got an injury to his eye.”
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner could care less and whacked him $800, without any expressions of condolences to Cruz's sick family.
The beat in Bermuda goes on . . .
For other reefer madness stories, read:
May 18, 2012 Update: The Royal Gazette news paper in Bermuda picks up on our blogs about busting passengers for small amounts of pot.
May 25, 2012 Update: "Driving Tourists Away" - interesting letters to the editor in Bermuda about cruise ship pot.