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Friday 27 April 2018 | Published in Crime


Theran Celesta Weaver III appeared before Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata yesterday in the Cook Islands High Court. The American national was stopped from flying to Los Angeles last Friday.

Weaver was pulled aside following the screening of his luggage by airport security. He was instructed to remove a lighter, which had been stored in one of his bags.

The Criminal Investigation Branch’s drug detection team then screened the man’s luggage and his belongings. An unspecified amount of cannabis was subsequently found.

Weaver appeared in court last Saturday and was made to surrender his passport.

Yesterday, defence counsel Mark Short successfully negotiated the release of his client’s passport. Short stated that Weaver was a paramedic for the firefighting service and needed to return to work.

The American had already extended his stay an extra week, which was now affecting his employment, said Short.

Weaver entered no plea. He was ordered to pay a $1500 release bond and will be departing the Cook Islands tomorrow.

His case will next be heard on call over on November 8.