>Crew Members Arrested for Smuggling Cocaine on Royal Carribean Ship

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In addition to the recent drug busts on Royal Caribbean cruise ships, 2 crewmembers were arrested at the end of last week with over 73 pounds of cocaine totaling $1.1 million while docked in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas had been sailing a 7-night journey from Colon, Panama and had just arrived to Jamaica from a call in Cartagena, Colombia. Jamaican authorities had boarded and detained a crewmember when they found him in possession of 40 pounds of the drug. Reportedly, the ship was boarded once more by authorities the where 33 more pounds were obtained in a different crewmember’s cabin. Some of the cocaine was strapped to the crewmember, while the rest was found in a suitcase. Both of the Royal Caribbean crewmembers in question are Jamaican nationals.

Reps from Royal Caribbean insist that they have been cooperating with Jamaican officials throughout this investigation and are willing to assist prosecution in any way possible.

In past months, Royal Caribbean has seen an influx of drug activity on their ships, with busts for 700 grams of heroin, 300 grams of cocaine, almost 150 ecstasy pills, 3 grams of methamphetamine, and ketamine. However, Royal Caribbean is steadfast in that drug busts on their ships have mostly been for personal-usage narcotics, and not large scale busts like this recent cocaine bust in Montego Bay.