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Duwayne C. Hines
- Possession of Marijuana (felony)
- Immigration Violation
Just after 11 p.m., on December 08, 2013, HCSO deputies assigned to the Homeland Security Division - Port Security Squad assisted U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with a stowaway found on a inbound cargo ship with 3.7 pounds of marijuana.
According to federal and local investigators, Duwayne Hines a Jamaican national, boarded the maritime cargo vessel "Dinkeldiep" while in a Jamaican port without permission.
The ship's crew notified authorities after they found Hines hiding on the boat while at out at sea. CBP officials were waiting at the docks when the ship arrived at 2001 Maritime Blvd, berth 245 in the Port of Tampa.
Deputies charged Hines with felony possession of marijuana and a immigration hold was issued by CBP. Hines is currently being held in the Hillsborough County Jail.
(Photo of cargo ship courtesy of marinetraffic.com)