Visiting couple fined for importing drugs

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A visiting husband and wife have been fined $1,400 for bringing cocaine and cannabis into Bermuda.

Appearing in Magistrates’ Court this morning, Kelly Ann Geyer and Joseph Geyer, both 56 and from Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to importing the drugs on July 11.

Prosecutor Alan Richards told the court that customs officers did a “rummage search” on board the Grandeur of the Seas on July 11 and noticed that one of the defendants smelled of cannabis.

They searched the couple’s cabin and found plastic bags containing plant material, white powder and pills.

The plant material was found to be 7.49g of cannabis, while the white power was determined to be 0.48g of cocaine.

Mr Richards added that the pills, which Kelly Ann Geyer claimed were vitamin B, could not be analysed.

In court today, both defendants apologised repeatedly.

“I was on vacation — it was for personal use,” Kelly Ann Geyer said. “I am just extremely sorry that we disobeyed your laws.”

Joseph Geyer added that they had left the drugs on the ship and did not know they were doing anything wrong.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo took into account their guilty plea, the amount and that the drugs were found in their cabin.

He handed each defendant a $500 fine for importing the cannabis and $200 for importing the cocaine, with the fines to be paid forthwith.

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