Bahamas Weekly reports that last weekend the police in Nassau, Bahamas arrested a U.S. citizen for possession of marijuana. The report says that he was a 33 year old man from Jacksonville, Florida.
The Florida man was arrested for possession of pot on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
Around 4:30 PM last Saturday, the “Tourism Policing Unit Officers” went to an unidentified cruise ship moored at Prince George Wharf where they boarded the ship and arrested the cruise tourist for a quantity of marijuana.
The Bahamas supplements its income by arresting cruise passengers with small amounts of pots. The police board cruise ships without either probable cause or search warrants and then fine them $500 to $2000 under threats of jail sentences of 30 – 60 days terms at Her Majesty’s Prison
Violent crime is out of control in Nassau. There are many armed robberies, rapes and murders in the capital of the Bahamas each week. The country is heading toward a record number of homicides this year. The murder rate for the country of the Bahamas is substantially higher than the murder rate for Florida.
There were 970 murders in Florida with a population of over 19,000,000 in 2013. New Providence (including Nassau) in the Bahamas had over 100 murders last year even though it has only 250,000 residents.
The tourism police unit was formed to create the impression that it’s safe for tourists to come ashore in Nassau. The truth is that these local tourism police officers spend more time busting tourists than arresting armed criminals or Bahamians selling the tourists pot at the straw market or up and down Bay Street.
It’s a racket we have written about many times.
A reader of Cruise Law News sent his comment last month:
“As an expat who lives here in Nassau, I’m privy to a fair amount of insider news from the embassy as well as Bahamian govt employees. One friend who previously worked at the US Embassy, told me that her only job was processing US Citizens (mostly middle aged women) through the system to 1) pay their 500 fine, and 2) get them back onto their ships or back to the states after they had been caught carrying and or purchased some pitiful small amount of marijuana etc . . . and that the Bahamian government saw this as a “sweet spot” for getting revenues into the country with little effort. Entrapment being legal here is the cautionary phrase i tell people visiting us. And yes, you can’t walk down by the docks WITHOUT getting harassed by guys selling weed . . . but you’ll never see the bahamian cops busting them . . . cause it would affect revenues streams to the country . . . so be warned travelers!”
Update: A headline in the Nassau Tribune today: Two Murders In Six Hours. Murder count up to 93 so far.
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