Crime 1998



September, 1998

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.

September, 1998

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.

October, 1998

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.

Maritime Report

September 28 - October 4 1998

European 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 List reports.

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."

Meanwhile, Lloyd's 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 elsewhere.

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.

"The Colombia-Caribbean-US 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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