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Drugs and ‘magic mushrooms’ cost tourist $4,000

A Pennsylvania woman was dealt more than $4,000 in fines after she was caught with cannabis and “magic mushrooms” on a cruise ship.

Shanna Deck, 37, from Lancaster County, pleaded guilty to having cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol, psilocin, an active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, and drug equipment.

Deck was arrested on Monday after she was stopped by Customs officers on the gang plank of the Anthem of the Seas, which was docked in Dockyard.

A vaporiser pen and a cartridge were found in Deck's handbag. Asked about the contents, Deck said it contained tetrahydrocannabinol and admitted she had more marijuana.

Searches of the purse and her cabin revealed a total of 14.93 grams of cannabis, four cartridges of THC oil, two brownies containing THC and 0.53 grams of a “funguslike material” later confirmed to be magic mushrooms.

Victoria Greening, lawyer representing Deck, said she uses cannabis medicinally to treat several conditions.

She added that Deck was given the mushroom by another guest on the cruise ship after she complained that the cannabis made her tired and that she wanted be awake for her husband's birthday.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe said he accepted that the drugs found were not intended to be supplied, but that she should have known better than to bring them to Bermuda.

Mr Wolffe said: “It still boggles my mind that tourists bring it in unaware of our drug laws, or choose to ignore them.”

He also noted the quantity and variety of drugs, adding: “We are not talking about a single spliff.”

Mr Wolffe fined Deck $1,500 for the cannabis, $750 for the THC oil and brownies, $1,000 for the psilocin and $1,000 for the drug equipment. He added that all of the fines needed to be paid before Deck could leave the island.

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Published November 16, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated November 16, 2018 at 8:01 am)

Drugs and ‘magic mushrooms’ cost tourist $4,000

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