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‘I knew it was wrong’ to have cannabis tourist tells magistrate

A US couple had their holiday to Bermuda ruined after they were thrown off their cruise ship following a cannabis bust.

John Thomas-Toole and his wife were passengers onboard the

Celebrity Summit when Customs officers acting on a tip found six grams of cannabis in their room safe.

He was taken to Somerset Police Station where he told officers that the cannabis had been for his own personal use.

The 48-year-old pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to possessing the drug.

He was fined $1000 for the offence by Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner, who ordered it to be paid forthwith. Thomas-Toole’s wife was present in court to cover the fine.

As the couple left the court building with their luggage, Mrs Thomas-Toole said: “We got thrown off the ship because of this. I’ve had to buy tickets for a flight back home this afternoon.”

The couple also had to pay for onshore accommodation on the Island after they were asked to leave the ship, she added.

Thomas-Toole said he was embarrassed by the incident, adding: “I knew it was wrong.”

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Published August 22, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 22, 2011 at 10:18 am)

‘I knew it was wrong’ to have cannabis tourist tells magistrate

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