By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO American citizens were charged on Monday after failing to declare two rifles when they entered the Bahamas on a private boat.
Randal Timm, 57, and his wife Traci Jutcie Timm, 43, both from Destin, Florida appeared before the Controller of Customs Charles Turner, where they elected to have their case heard after being advised by counsel.
On Sunday, March 30, officers from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force conducted a search of the pleasure boat moored at East Bay Street. During the search, the officers found two rifles that the husband and wife failed to declare upon entering the Bahamas. The couple were taken into custody and handed over to police for further investigation.
They were charged with failure to declare two of the five firearms in their possession and fined $5,000. Their cruise permit for travel within the territory of the Bahamas was also cancelled and a seize order was placed on their vessel for three days to facilitate minor repairs to the vessel.
All of the weapons were ordered confiscated and condemned.
A 41-year-old American man from Georgia is also in custody when he was found in possession of a quantity of dangerous drugs on Monday.
According to reports, shortly after 11am, officers from the Central Detective Unit, acting on intelligence, went to a cruise ship moored at Prince George Dock, where they arrested a suspect after finding a quantity of marijuana in his possession.
The suspect will appear in court later this week to be formally charged.