Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Pot-toting stowaway arrested aboard Jamaican cargo ship in Tampa, authorities say

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TAMPA — Authorities arrested a stowaway on a Jamaican cargo ship who was carrying more than 3 1/2 pounds of marijuana when the ship docked late Sunday in the Port of Tampa, officials said.

Duwayne Courtney Hines, 23, who lives in Jamaica, boarded the cargo vessel Dinkeldiep without permission last week while the ship was stopped in a Jamaican port, authorities said. After the Dinkeldiep took to the seas, crew members discovered Hines hiding aboard the vessel.

The crew notified U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, who met the ship as it docked late Sunday at berth 245 at 2001 Maritime Blvd., according to Hillsborough sheriff's officials.

Hines was booked in the Hillsborough County Jail on a charge of felony marijuana possession. He was detained without bail for federal immigration officials.

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