The Third Man–Turks Detain Another American Tourist With Bullets In Backpack.

Photo by Jay Cee on Unsplash Turks and Caicos islands are a popular destination for divers and cruise ship visitors.
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A third American tourist in three months has been arrested for bringing bullets to Turks and Caicos while on vacation. Tyler Scott Wenrich’s wife said the two bullets authorities found in his suitcase were there accidentally.

Now he’s facing the possibility of more than a decade in prison after being stopped while disembarking from a cruise ship and being found to be carrying weapons ammunition in his rucksack.

His arrest comes just weeks after Ryan Watson was charged with the same offense, as a handful of deer hunting bullets were found in his carry-on after American Transport Safety Administration missed them on his departing flight.

Importation of weapons from the US has become a major concern in the Caribbean, particularly given the situation with armed gangs in Haiti, and high murder statistics in Jamaica and the Bahamas leading to warnings to tourists from US State Department officials.

A recent gun murder took the total of killings in the Bahamas to 44 already in 2024, an astounding number considering that the Bahamas used to be considered to be a peaceful and law-abiding archipelago.

And earlier this month two moms from Kentucky came forward with allegations that when they stepped off their cruise ship they were raped by staff at Pirate’s Cove beach resort on Grand Bahama after receiving ‘spiked’ cocktails during a shore excursion from their Carnival Cruise.

In 2022 the Turks and Caicos introduced a new law with a minimum sentence of 12 years in prison for importing firearms or ammunition.

Despite the arrest of a cruise ship tourist under this law, the Turks and Caicos Islands wants all visitors to know that the destination is still a welcoming place.

Minister of Tourism, Josephine Connolly issued a statement that said:

“We want to reassure our valued visitors that the safety and well-being of each guest are paramount to us. The Turks and Caicos Islands remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a safe and relaxing getaway experience. We are dedicated to preserving the charm of our destination while upholding the highest standards of safety and hospitality. Our visitors can rest assured that they are in good hands, and we look forward to welcoming them with open arms.”

Opening arms is OK, but not not bearing arms.

Sources: BBC, CNN.



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