A 57-year-old cruise ship passenger, who was found with $50 worth of cannabis, appeared in court today.
And for his crime, Robert Anthony DeRenzis, a construction worker, from New York, had to pay the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court a $750 forthwith fine.
DeRenzis was aboard the cruise liner Celebrity Summit, nine nautical miles, off Barbados when the chief of security got a whiff of marijuana coming from his cabin.
He apparently told the officials then that he bought the substance for US$200 to treat his acid reflux since small amounts of the drug were legal in his country for medicinal uses.
However when the ship anchored at the Bridgetown Port, DeRenzis was notified that the drug was illegal here and subsequently charged.
“I would like to apologize to the people of Barbados for breaking the law. I am very sorry,” DeRenzis said after pleading guilty to the offence before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today.
No conviction was recorded against him after the fine was paid, which gave him enough time to board the ship that was scheduled to leave port at 3 p.m.