A woman from Guadeloupe had to part with $350 after being caught with marijuana, even though she claimed she had no idea smoking the drug was illegal here.
Maeva Wierstra, a 29-year-old passenger on board the Costa Favolosa cruise ship, today pleaded guilty when she appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
In outlining the facts, police prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that police responded to a report of a sale occurring between Wierstra and a man on Browne’s Beach yesterday.
Lawmen approached the woman and requested a search, and the spliff was found in her possession.
She admitted to having the drugs, and reportedly told officers that in France she was allowed a cigarette and did not believe she was committing an offence.
Wierstra gave Frederick the same explanation.
She apologized to the court, saying that she did not know “it was like this on the island”. Wierstra added that now that she knew the law, it “would not happen again”.
“In my country, one cigarette is allowed,” she told Frederick.
However, the magistrate informed her that countries have different laws and the substance was indeed illegal here.
He then imposed the fine which had to be paid immediately if Wierstra wanted to avoid a week in prison.
The fine was paid.