A tourist who said he bought cocaine from a taxi driver was yesterday fined $1,000.
Carlos Sorda, 64, of Cancun, Mexico, was detained by cruise ship security at Coco Cay in the Berry Islands as he tried to board the Enchantment of the Seas on February 24 with six grams of cocaine, the court heard.
Police were called and Sorda was arrested and charged.
Sorda pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of dangerous drugs at his arraignment before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain.
With the assistance of a Spanish interpreter, Sorda alleged that he had bought the drugs from a taxi driver for $300 after leaving a downtown establishment.
Swain fined Sorda $1,000 or six months in prison — and was ordered turned over to immigration.
Before the arraignment, Swain ordered Sorda’s cell phone seized.
The phone rang twice before Sorda removed the phone from his pocket and handed it to a civilian, who was within an arm’s length of him in the public gallery.
Swain said, “Take that phone. What’s he doing with a phone anyway and he’s in custody?”
The orderly confiscated the phone and was instructed to search Sorda in case he had more contraband.