MONDAY, JULY 4: An American tourist was today fined $1,500 after he admitted bringing cannabis into the island.

David Wechsler, 63, was charged with one count of importing cannabis on June 28.

The court heard the defendant arrived at 12:45pm and cleared immigration at the LF Wade International Airport. When he got to the customs line, he was selected for secondary inspection.

During a search of his luggage, officers found a plastic bag containing five hand-rolled cigarettes in a toiletries bag. Asked what it was, Wechsler said it was marijuana.

He then said: “You’ve got me, I’m sorry.

“My family doesn’t know I have it.

“I didn’t know I couldn’t bring it.

“I smoke it at home.”

He was arrested and taken to the police station where he was charged with the offence. The amount of cannabis was three grams.

In court, Wechsler said: “The only thing I want to say is that I am truly sorry for what I did.

“I apologise to the Government of Bermuda, to this court, to my wife and my grown children.

“I have always been a role model to my children.

“I have raised a good family.”

He continued: “I came to this island so that I would have a nice vacation and instead I have looked at it as a time for reflection in my life.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner ordered him to pay the fine immediately.