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Least Surprising Drug Busts

An excitable Brit (actually) named Richard Quest is all over CNN International, hosting a pretty useful business-travel show and other specials.  If you've seen the inimitable Quest once, you'll never forget his trademark yowling delivery and bulging forehead veins.  Overall, the impression is of someone trying to sound upbeat and in-control, despite having just had a large object inserted into his rectum.

Now we know where he gets all that energy:

Richard Quest, a reporter and business travel specialist for CNN, is being arraigned today on a misdemeanor charge of drug possession after the authorities said he was found with methamphetamine in Central Park.

Poor guy.  According to the news brief, he "volunteered" to police that he had "meth in his pocket." (Yeah, right).  Let's hope he's able to clear up this misunderstanding, because U.S. law is not indulgent to foreign nationals convicted of drug possession.

Here's a suggestion for foreigner travelers to the US, from a former criminal-defense lawyer [Note: I am no longer a lawyer, and this is not legal advice!]:

First, don't break the law. 

Second, if you're arrested or questioned by police in the United States, follow three rules: (1) behave respectfully and politely toward the police; (2) obey all of their commands, and ask for clarification if you don't understand them; and (3) if they ask you questions, say "I am a national of [your home country] and I would like to invoke my right to consular assistance and speak to an attorney before I answer any questions."  They are required by law to let you get in touch with your consulate and speak to a lawyer.  Always do so before speaking to the police.  Always.

That's been your free piece of non-legal advice for today.