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Oklahoma man’s 11-week Caribbean vacation comes to abrupt end…

If you’re about to leave for a Caribbean vacation, don’t forget to pack your buck-hunting bullets! 

That’s the big lesson we learned this year after Oklahoma good ol' boy Ryan Watson – no relation to Shawnee diner mogul Curtis – was arrested in Turks and Caicos back in April for bringing bullets into the country, and in the process, inadvertently extending what was supposed to be a quick little Caribbean jaunt into an 11-week long beachfront sabbatical away from the wife and kids. 

Sadly for Ryan, his journey came to an end last week thanks to the meddling of lawyers, diplomats, and Marcuswayne Mullin


After two months of being held in Turks and Caicos, Ryan Watson was finally reunited with his family Friday night.

Watson had faced up to 12 years in prison for illegal possession of ammunition. After a delayed trial, a judge found 12 years “arbitrary” in this case and, instead, ordered Watson to pay a $2,000 fine, $500 for each bullet he had in his luggage.

Yep, just by bringing four measly bullets into the country, he got to extend his vacation by two months and it only cost him $2,000. That’s legendary and genius. In fact, it should be a verse in a re-mixed version of Kokomo:

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh, I brought my ammo
to Turks and Caicos, in luggage, gettin’ away from the kids' mama

Naturally, the local media was on the scene at Will Rogers to capture the moment a freshly sun-tanned Ryan arrived back in the state, and then milk it for all it’s worth. 

Ryan, obviously emotional after seeing his long and relaxing vacation come to end, played off his despair and, along with his giant cowboy hat, gave hugs to his wife and kids. He then thanked God for giving him the high-level absent-mindedness required to bring bullets into a country where they are banned. He also extolled how proud he was to be an Oklahoman, which was an obvious and not-so-subtle shout-out to employees at Will Rogers TSA who let him sneak the bullets onto the plane. 

In all seriousness, we’d like to welcome Ryan back to Oklahoma with open arms and are glad his 11-week Caribbean vacation is finally over. Next time he should probably bring more bullets so it will last longer. 

Stay with The Lost Ogle. We’ll keep you advised. 

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