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Tourists With Drugs Must Pay $450 Or Be Locked Up

By FARRAH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

fjohnson@tribunemedia.net

TWO American tourists who were caught with $320 worth of marijuana must pay $450 to avoid spending a month locked up abroad.

Angelica and Angelique Witz’s cruise ship excursion was cut short after they were caught with 2.34 ounces of Indian hemp on October 19.

The prosecution said around 5pm that day, police, acting on information, went to Prince George Wharf and boarded the Freedom of Seas vessel, where they spoke with a security officer who gave them a clear plastic wrap, three gold ziploc bags, two brown handmade cigarettes, a THC infused balm and a multi-coloured grinder that belonged to the siblings.

The court was told that all of the confiscated items contained a quantity of marijuana.

The Witz sisters were subsequently arrested. When they were questioned in custody, they both admitted having full knowledge, custody and control of the marijuana and said they had the drugs for medical purposes after they were told it was okay to travel with it.

The Baltimore residents each pleaded guilty to simple possession when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

After accepting their guilty pleas, the magistrate said it was unfortunate that their vacation ended up the way it did, but told the sisters they had to be aware of the laws of the countries they were visiting. She subsequently fined Angelica $250 or one month in prison and Angelique $200 or three weeks on remand.

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