Easy to get
Widely available to those in the know on the Island, the
drug is another expensive commodity with similarly high profits to be made. The
disadvantage of the drug is that, unlike cocaine and heroin, it cannot be 'cut' (okay, so
now and again someone will try and mix in a garden herb, or grass, to 'bulk' the packet
out) as this is easily identified.
I had never seen cannabis resin (commonly referred to as
'hash') on the Island, weed appeared to be the only variety imported. Some was grown
on the Island but this generally required specialist equipment (see Cannabis UK, below).
Aside of those, like
Dwight Hatherley (who imported 66lbs
of the stuff in the back of two TV's), a common form of importation was via the cruise
ships. The following should give an idea of the costs / profits associated with he
1/2 lb (8 ounces),
just under 1/4 kilo (approx.
225 grams) could be
acquired from a cruise ship when it docked for $3000.
ounce = 28.35 gram)
The cannabis was sold in Bermuda, in small manila
envelopes, each measuring about 4cm square. The cost of an envelope was (and still
is to my knowledge) $25 and each envelope contained 1/2 gram.
The mathematics are as follows:
Purchase: $3000 for 250 grams = 500 half
$25 / half gram x 500 =
$12,500 - $3000 = $9,500
Dwight Hatherley's case, 66lbs of cannabis stood
to net him a minimum of $1,254,000 assuming the drug was
sold in 1/2g envelopes and he paid $3000 ounce. The latter is highly
unlikely; $3000 / half pound is the cost from a cruise ship after it has
been imported. It is likely Dwight paid far less, probably under
$1,000 / 1/2lb. If he wished to dispose of the drug quickly and sell
it on at $3,000 per ounce (substantially reducing the number of transactions
he would need to make) then he stood to then 132 1/2 pound transactions was
likely to net him about 1/4 million dollars. Hardly surprising that
Dwight wrote a storey about the 'King of the Island' which we assumed it was
his goal to become. Instead he was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment - his
associate, the son of a former police officer, was acquitted ... go figure!
For the facts of the case, the author's official statement appears on these
pages - click here to read the document.
The sentence, in the event you were caught in possession
of 1/2lb of cannabis when leaving the cruise ship was (and probably remains) 3 years
imprisonment. Why? It was the maximum a Magistrate could award and avoided the
need to send a person to Crown Court for trial / sentencing. Details of two cruise
ship staff who received such imprisonment will be detailed on these pages.
For more information about the drug on the
island, you may wish to visit WeBeHigh -
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