U.S. man jailed for islandfishing violation.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico San Juan (IPA: [saŋ hwaŋ]) (from the Spanish San Juan Bautista, "Saint John the Baptist") is the capital and largest municipality on Puerto Rico. - A retired U.S. police officer is in a prison in the British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands
A British colony in the eastern Caribbean east of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Road Town, on Tortola Island, is the capital. Population: 21,700.
Noun 1. , serving a one-year sentence alongside drug traffickers and robbers. His crime? Fishing without a license.
U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John deJongh, whose territory is just a stone's throw from the British Virgins, has asked the U.S. State Department to help resolve the case. The British Virgin Islands Premier Ralph O'Neal will review it.
In the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile , Richard Baker, a 54-year-old former police officer from Arlington, Va., sits in Her Majesty's Prison at Balsam balsam (bôl`səm), fragrant resin obtained from various trees. The true balsams are semisolid and insoluble in water, but they are soluble in alcohol and partly so in hydrocarbons. Ghaut as his friends try to raise money to pay his $45,000 fine.
"He is the laughing stock of the prison," his wife, Deborah Barton, said Tuesday. "The inmates ... just crack up at him because he is doing a year for fishing."
Baker and Barton, 58, were trawling For fishing by dragging a baited line after a boat, see .
Trawling is a method of fishing that involves actively pulling a fishing net through the water behind one or more boats, called trawlers. with two lines from their boat on Sept. 24 when they were stopped and charged with illegal entry into the British territory and fishing without a license. They pleaded guilty and were fined $1,000 each for illegal entry. As captain of the boat, Baker was hit with the additional fine of $45,000 for illegal fishing. Barton paid her fine and was released.
The steep penalty shocked the couple and their friends in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they have lived for about a year on their 36-foot trawler, Mambo, docked in St. Thomas.
Barton said that when they were arrested they did not know their boat had crossed into British Virgin Islands waters.