A 39-year-old Polish cruise visitor, who marred his “perfect” vacation when he tried to buy cannabis from a local, had to part with $300 today.
“I am sorry for what I did, but it’s [also] hard to say sorry because I wanted to smoke some weed. I was on a beautiful beach, beautiful water, everything was so perfect but I screwed [up] the moment,” Rafal Nikodem Dybowski told Magistrate Douglas Frederick.
Dybowski, who was jointly charged with 39-year-old Leroy Campbell, of No.103 Mount Friendship, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, were on Browne’s Beach yesterday when they were observed by police having a conversation.
Campbell then left the area and returned some 20 minutes later. The two then ventured into an area with trees and an exchange was made.
As police approached, Dybowski dropped his item, while Campbell pushed something into a hole. The visitor’s item was retrieved and when asked to account for the illegal substance, he replied “ I just wanted to get a spliff” while Campbell said, “ I ain’t do nothing wrong I just went for weed”.
Appearing in the No.1 District ‘A’ Court, Dybowski explained that he “didn’t expect that the drug was such a serious crime” in the country.
“Rastas and stuff in these parts smoke so I didn’t know that it wasn’t part of vacation,” the man, who was left behind by the cruise ship on which he arrived here, explained.
However, the magistrate pointed out that the secrecy of the transaction should have raised some red flags for him.
“I screwed up,” Dybowski, who was released into the custody of immigration officials after the fine was paid, said.
Meantime, an unpaid $300 fine, which carried a one month prison sentence and dated back to 2010, came back to haunt Campbell.
He explained that he was not working at the time and as such was unable to pay the money.
Campbell, who is known to the court, further explained that with respect to the cannabis offence he was simply trying to “help this guy here [when] he told me that he wanted some weed”.
However, the magistrate told Campbell that he knew the drug was illegal, having been before the court on similar offences before.
“You could have told him that drugs are illegal here but you did not dissuade him. Stop encouraging people on the beach or wherever to get drugs. You should be an ambassador to us and say, ‘drugs are illegal’,” Frederick said as he sentenced Campbell, who said he had no money to pay the $300 fine, to jail.