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Cruise ship passengers fined over drugs

Two American cruise ship passengers were fined $1,000 each at Magistrates’ Court yesterday after being found with cannabis in their cabins.

In separate cases, Edwin Berg and Stephen Caron, both 53, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug.

Prosecutor Garrett Byrne told the court that HM Customs boarded the

Norwegian Dawn at Dockyard on Sunday.

They searched Berg’s cabin and found a clear plastic bag containing 13 grams of cannabis.

“He readily admitted at the time it was his,” said Mr Byrne. “He said: ‘It’s weed. I didn’t know I couldn’t smoke that here.’”

The prosecutor said the offence admitted by Caron was on the same day on the same ship in “very similar circumstances”.

He said customs officers spoke to the defendant, who said he had marijuana in his cabin. They found a glass case containing a clear plastic bag with five grams of cannabis inside.

Duty defence counsel Oonagh Vaucrosson said the cannabis was “prescribed medically for chronic pain” and Caron “apologies profusely”.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo asked Caron if he had proof of that and he replied he did not.

Both men were told to pay $1,000 or face 100 days in jail.

Two cruise ship passengers on board the Norwegian Dawn have admitted possessing cannabis.

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Published May 14, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm)

Cruise ship passengers fined over drugs

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