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Jamaican stowaway arrested in Florida, charged with ganja possession

Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 | 4:00 pm Comments 0

TAMPA, Florida (AP):
A stowaway from Jamaica was arrested after US authorities found him with nearly four pounds of marijuana on an inbound cargo ship at the Port of Tampa, Florida.


In custody is 23-year-old Duwayne C Hines.

Police say Hines boarded the maritime cargo vessel Dinkeldiep while in a Jamaican port without permission.

He was discovered on Sunday.

The ship's crew notified authorities after they found the Hines hiding while at sea.

United States Customs and Border Protection officials were waiting at the docks when the ship arrived.

Deputies helped federal agents charge Hines with felony possession of marijuana, and an immigration hold was issued by customs officials.

Hines is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail.

It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

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