Maks Chmerkovskiy speaks about imprisonment for illegal substances


Former Dancing With the Stars pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy has spoken about his experience of being detained at a foreign airport with his wife Peta Murgatroyd and son Shai for transporting CBD oil products.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Chmerkovskiy family traveled to Turks & Caicos, where Maksim was arrested at the airport

Murgatroyd said on her Instagram Stories on Nov. 26 that when she landed in Turks and Caicos, a customs officer approached her and conducted what she believed to be a “random bag search,” in which both carry-on bags were searched.

Searching Chmerkovskiy’s bag, he found CBD cream, which is used to relieve pain in the muscles. There is no THC in it. According to Murgatroyd, the officer told them it was illegal in Turks & Caicos, told her to stop speaking, and then read them their Miranda rights.

“I’ve never had my Miranda rights read to me. It escalated so quickly I didn’t even have time to think. [The official] said to us whatever you say now it will be brought against you… He said to Maks do you want to be responsible for it because I don’t want to do that in front of your child,” Murgatroyd said.

She continued, “He said, ‘Ma’am, go with the kid. You, sir, come with me, give your passport, give your phone.’ I have flashes of Maks behind bars, I here alone with Shai. It was a f*cking s*** show.”

Murgatroyd said Chmerkovskiy was then interviewed for an hour and a half while waiting with Shai and she had “bad visions” of him as he ended up in jail.

“Few final thoughts – I see. It’s the law. I understand the process, but we didn’t even get a chance to explain it,” Murgatroyd said, adding, “We had no idea you couldn’t bring CBD pain-relieving products into it. He didn’t even know it was in there. It wasn’t a thought that crossed our minds. All this for a stick of CBD. He ended up paying a fine… [the official] said you can either let your lawyer speak on your behalf and we can go to court, or you can pay a hefty fine.

Chmerkovskiy agreed to pay a fine to keep the incident from escalating further and they were allowed to go and go on their vacation.

Chmerkovskiy advised his followers to ‘know local laws’ and ‘not do drugs’

in the an Instagram video, Chmerkovskiy wanted to assure everyone that he is fine and that it was his fault, the customs officer was just doing his job. In the caption, he wrote: “Know local laws and don’t do drugs! Loves Turks and Caicos,” he then took full responsibility for the situation in the video.

Chmerkovskiy said:

So Peta scared everyone with a creepy story about customs and my adventures with CBD cream, but the reality is I’m a fool and you have to respect the countries you visit.

Would never do it again, learned my lesson for sure. I have absolutely no bad feelings towards the customs officials. You find what you find and you know it’s fair game. I haven’t carefully known what I can and cannot endure. Also, I had no idea I had CBD cream. But I won’t let it ruin my vacation where I am – look at this beauty [shows the beach].

He concluded, “Respect local laws, kids, and don’t do drugs. Peace.”

It looks like the Chmerkovskiys are having a blast, although Shai is struggling with losing his first tooth, which Murgatroyd said made travel difficult. Chmerkovsky also wrote a video of them on the beach, “Don’t worry about Shai’s smelly face. His first loose tooth is still holding, so he’s cranky.” Maks Chmerkovskiy speaks about imprisonment for illegal substances

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