Cruise visitor fined for having cannabis and cocaine
A cruise ship visitor was fined a total of $2,000 after he pleaded guilty to importing cocaine and cannabis into the island.
Alan Richards, for the Crown, told Magistrates’ Court that 54-year-old Julio Cesar Ferrer-Mendez disembarked from the Norwegian Joy and was found by a customs officer to have two pre-rolled cigarettes in a cigarette pack and a white powdery substance in his wallet.
Mr Mendez told the officer that the pre-rolled cigarettes contained “medical marijuana”.
He was taken to the customs search room for further questioning where cocaine was found in his wallet. More cannabis was also found inside Mr Mendez’s cabin.
According to Mr Richards, the cocaine seized, weighing 0.42 grams, had around a 25 per cent purity.
The cannabis seized in the cabin weighed 2.81 grams and cannabis in the cigarette pack weighed 0.6 grams.
A tearful Mr Mendez apologised for his actions but claimed he only used cannabis for medicinal and healing purposes, as it was the only thing that eased his medical condition.