A truck driver who brought in $115,100 of cocaine and cannabis hidden in a boom box (portable stereo) was sentenced to eight years in jail. John William Hollis was caught at Bermuda International Airport with 379 grams of cocaine and 142 grams of cannabis packaged inside the music box.
Hollis was sentenced to eight years each for importation of cocaine and possession of cocaine, and six years each for importation of cannabis and possession of cannabis. All sentenced to run concurrently.
Richard Bernardo will be sentenced today after admitting possessing drug equipment and more than $100,000 worth of cannabis intended for supply. Bernardo's co-accused, room-mate Andrew Sheen, pleaded guilty to simple charges of possession and cultivation of cannabis. And Mr. Pettingill pleaded for leniency after both he and Crown Counsel Peter Eccles made constant references to the drug baron.
Police found 2,090 grams of cannabis in a freezer in the storage room during a raid on September 19 last year. They would have produced 4,180 $25 street samples in pay-type envelopes, worth a total of $104,500. Police also found 920 pay-type envelopes, 72 zip-lock plastic bags, a weighing scale, matches and Rizla cigarette papers.
Bernardo was jailed for two years for his part in the crime and Sheen was fined a total of $1,000.
Selling crack cocaine just 80 yards from a nursery school with Police watching cost a Warwick man $1,850 in fines this week. Terrence Parsons pleaded guilty to possession of .91 grams of 78 percent pure crack cocaine and possession of drug equipment, a razor blade.
And he fell foul of new laws clamping down on drugs offences near where children are likely to gather, with a $1,000 surcharge on top of the original fine.
Yards Set to Receive Another $5 Billion Windfall
EUROPEAN SHIPYARDS are poised to
receive new orders for cruise ships totaling around $5 billion, the London-based
international shipping newspaper Lloyd's
The orders for around 20 vessels
are on top of the existing order book for 41 cruise ships of more than 68,000
berths and represent confirmation that the cruise industry as a whole is
booming. If confirmed, the new orders would represent around $18 billion worth
of orders for European shipyards.
Many of the new ships built will
be in excess of 80,000 gross tonnes with the mass market set to be dominated by
bigger and bigger ships.
Corrado Antonini, the president
of Italy's Fincantieri shipping company urged European shipyards to specialise
in the cruise market.
"Large ships offer
tremendous economies of scale. Despite their relative operational inflexibility
as far as port facilities to handle their size are concerned, they allow for a
wider spectrum of amusements and amenities and for more varied situations to be
offered to the guests.
"This is what the vast
majority of customers want and this is the reason for the success of these
ships. Nevertheless it is my opinion that the 100,000 toners will remain
relatively limited in numbers."
List says there is growing evidence that cruise ships have "once
more sprung to prominence as a conduit for illegal drugs moving between the
Caribbean and North America."
Following the arrest of 13
Jamaican crewmen from four cruise ships in New York, US Drug Enforcement
administration officials say they believe they have now uncovered an
international drug ring centered on Bermuda.
This has allegedly been using cruise ships
to smuggle a variety of illicit drugs into Bermuda for onward transportation
In collaboration with the Drug
Enforcement Administration, Bermuda Customs officials and police posed as drug
users to catch the traffickers.
The drug haul netted included
heroin, hashish and cocaine and it is claimed that the bust may have cut the
flow of drugs into Bermuda by 50 per cent.
and Europe drug link has hitherto relied mainly on cargo ships and to some
extent aircraft to transport illegal drugs from South America and Europe via the
Caribbean islands," wrote David Renwick.
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