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Apr 17, 2013

Another cruise tourist busted with marijuana

John Douglas McCleary

An American Religious Minister who was visiting Belize for the day found himself in big trouble with the law when he was busted with cannabis and a pipe used for smoking the illegal leafy substance. Seventy-four year old John Douglas McCleary, a resident of Washington D.C., came to Belize on board the Norwegian Cruise line this morning and headed to the Mayan temple, Altun Ha but in addition to soaking in the sights and sounds, he could not resist inhaling the local weed. The aroma told the tale and when checked by the police, a plastic bag containing the pipe was found in his knapsack with some marijuana.  In the court room of Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart, McCleary appeared unrepresented and pleaded guilty to Possession of a Controlled Drugs and a Pipe. McCleary told the court that he uses marijuana for medicinal purposes but he was told that it is illegal in Belize. McCleary was issued a fine of nine hundred and ten dollars. He was bold enough to ask the magistrate for a lower fine, but his request was denied.  By the afternoon McCleary paid his bill and was free to leave.

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6 Responses for “Another cruise tourist busted with marijuana”

  1. nation of Izscam says:

    big news here. $910 to keep GOB solvent, another drug crazed tourist put down like a mad dog.

    how is the Hezbollah passport scandal going?
    no more news? all done? buried forever?

    has anyone compiled a list of GOB scandals?
    guessing it would be over 100, less than 1000.
    now that would be a website to check out.
    It would be interesting to find out who is responsible for “the investigation” or is “the burial”.
    Belize fails one scandal at a time, people have no memory, just give them a chicken on boxer day.
    all ok.

  2. not again says:

    What a shame sooo old church minister and drug adict?

  3. Storm says:

    Nice to see that Belize is not the only country with sinners who preach and preachers who sin. Shame on him!

  4. Belizean says:

    I’m sure this incident will attract more tourists…hmm right? Gosh, Belize is the most anti-development, anti-advance country ever..Its almost like the middle-east here

  5. NY says:

    Leave the old man with his cush, he is old enough to smoke some GOD given herb…….there are murders rapists and thieves out there to put behind bars, which the law enforcement and the GOB seems incapable of doing. The weed war in bze is useless, it is a front to harass people so that the revenue generated from it’s prosecution can help fund this corrupt Gov.

  6. moses EX PC says:

    Whatever happened to McAfee, the murders of the Lebanese Hezbollah business men. Chnage the marijuana laws.

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