International — 01 October 2013 — by Rochelle Gillett
Two cruise line passengers charged with drug possession just minutes apart

Jeron Harigan, 23, and Jeffery Rogers, 21, pleaded guilty and were fined

This evening, cruise ship passengers Jeron Harigan, 23, and Jeffery Rogers, 21, are lucky to have made it back onto their cruise ship after PC Jamil Scott charged them with drug possession within minutes of each other at the Tourist Village.

According to police reports, PC Scott was on patrol at the Tourist Village when a security officer handed him a small plastic bag in the presence of Harigan. When the police officer opened the bag, it contained suspected cannabis, at which point, Harigan uttered, “I found it on the ground”.

Harigan was searched for illegal drugs and firearms, but nothing incriminating was found on his person.

Six minutes later, PC Scott saw Rogers, who was acting suspicious, and decided to search him for illegal drugs and firearms. Although nothing illegal was found on Rogers’ person, when PC Scott searched a cloth bag Rogers was carrying, he found a transparent bag which contained suspected cannabis.

Both men were taken to the Queen Street Police Station, where the drugs found on Harigan were weighed and amounted to 4.7 grams, and the amount found on Rogers amounted to 8 grams.

Harigan and Rogers pleaded guilty when they appeared before Magistrate Clive Lino, and were charged $400 and $800 respectively.

They were able to pay their fines and were carted off by PC Scott back to the Tourist Village so they could catch a tender back to their ship.

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