American fined over weed he brought to smoke on vacation


Tribune Court Reporter


AN American man was fined in Magistrate‘s Court yesterday after admitting to having brought weed with him to smoke on his vacation.

Gian Luca Chagas, 23, of New Jersey, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney on an initial charge of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.

While at the US Border Protection at LPIA on the morning of December 2, Chagas was arrested after he was found with 17.5 grams of marijuana. In a police interview the accused admitted to buying the drugs at home intending to use it while in The Bahamas.

Chagas pleaded guilty to the charge in court. After being informed by the accused that he was unaware that weed was illegal in this jurisdiction the magistrate elected to reduce the charge to simple possession of dangerous drugs.

Chagas was then fined $400 for the offence or risk two months in custody.

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