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Cruise ship passenger fined for drug importation

A cruise ship passenger who was found to have fentanyl in her cabin was fined $3,000 in Magistrates’ Court.

Kendra Snelly, 35, from Newark, New Jersey, admitted to importing more than 2.6 grams of the drug into Bermuda when she appeared yesterday.

The court heard that security guards at Heritage Wharf searched Snelly’s bag after she disembarked the ship on Monday.

A cigarette box containing a powdery substance was found in Snelly’s bag, leading officers to ask if she had drugs in her cabin.

She admitted to having fentanyl, which she insisted was for her own use.

Officers found the substance wrapped in several small bags in Snelly’s room.

Police seized the drugs, which the court heard had an estimated street value of $1,300, and charged the woman later that day.

Patricia Harvey, Snelly’s lawyer, told magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo that her client kept the substance in her cabin for herself and never planned to take it off the ship.

She also highlighted her client’s remorse for the offence and self-confessed drug addiction.

Mr Tokunbo ordered Snelly to pay the fine before leaving the island.

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