Bahamas: US Tourist, 57, Arrested on a Number of Bizarre Charges, Ignorance of the Law No Excuse
According to http://www.tribune242.com, a 57-year-old US tourist and resident of Massachusetts who was arrested Tuesday afternoon (April 1) for threats of
death, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of an unlicensed
to reports, shortly before 1600 hours, a female friend of the suspect reported
to police that he had threatened to shoot her while onboard a sailboat
moored off Nassau Harbor.
officers, assisted by personnel of the Customs Department and the
Defense Force, conducted a search of the American's 40-foot (12.19 meters) sailboat and
found a quantity of marijuana and a handgun with 145 rounds of
COMMENT: As I have said so often in the past, ignorance of the law is no excuse in any foreign country. If you're not aware of the numerous Bahamian laws for which you can be arrested, it is unwise to travel abroad.
Shortly after 2000 hours, anti-drug officers, acting on intelligence,
went to St. Vincent Road where they observed a 25-year-old suspect standing outside
a residence acting suspiciously.
It is unknown whether there is a connection to the 25-year-old arrested for possession of dangerous drugs and the owner of the sailboat, yet such information will be revealed to the American in due course.
Presumably, the Bahamian government will apprise the US Embassy in Nassau that the US tourist has been arrested on a number of charges.
Regardless of who the arrested US tourist is, he must surely be cognizant of the fact that traveling with a firearm and 145 rounds of ammunition in international waters warrants his sailboat being impounded, not to mention his arrest.
More importantly, threatening to shoot his girlfriend of unknown nationality aboard the sailboat could result in his being incarcerated in prison for a very, very long time. This report will be updated as new information becomes available.
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