A New York resident was this morning [Feb 12] fined $800 for possession of cannabis, with the Court hearing a police sniffer-dog detected the illegal substance in the seat he had been sitting on for the flight from NYC.
Last week, 38-year-old Francis Patterson — a national of Trinidad & Tobago who was said to be was living in New York City — arrived at Bermuda’s LF Wade Airport carrying 6.08 grams of cannabis, said to have a street value of around $250.
A Police drug sniffer-dog that was in the aircraft cabin alerted authorities to the seat that Patterson had been sitting in for the flight from NYC.
In the Arrival and Customs Hall, Patterson was identified, taken aside, and questioned by Bermuda Customs and Police. Under questioning, Patterson pulled a plastic bag from his underwear and passed it over and admitted it was “weed”.
Patterson was subsequently taken into custody and held until today’s appearance. Before being convicted and sentenced, Patterson said that he was: “Very, very sorry.”
Patterson pleaded guilty to possessing the cannabis at the Airport, and Senior Magistrate Archie Warner fined him $800 and ordered he make the payment today.