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Two NCL passengers arrested for illegal drug trafficking

Jan 26, 2024

Two NCL passengers are facing serious charges after allegedly attempting to smuggle a significant quantity of marijuana aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Joy. Michael Quesenberry and Savannah Rose Minami reportedly brought over 100 bags of marijuana weighing 71.9 kilos, onboard the vessel, which was scheduled to depart from Miami to Southampton, England on January 11th.

Drug Bust on Cruise Ship: Four Brazilians Arrested in Marseille with 95 Kilos of Cocaine

May 16, 2023

French authorities have successfully thwarted a major drug smuggling attempt, seizing 95 kilograms of cocaine and apprehending four Brazilian nationals, consisting of one man and three women, who used a cruise ship for their illicit activities.

Six arrested at the port of Santos attempting to board Costa Diadema with 30 Kg cocaine

Apr 20, 2022

Brazilian law enforcement agencies have arrested six drug smugglers and confiscated about 30 kilos of cocaine at the port of Santos. The drug traffickers, five Brazilians and one Argentinian national, were arrested at the terminal, attempting to board the cruise ship Costa Diadema as it was preparing for a Transatlantic cruise to Europe.

Second drug bust on the MSC Seaside in Marseille

Apr 14, 2022

Police at the French port of Marseille arrested two passengers aboard the MSC Seaside cruise ship who were reportedly carrying 12 kilos of cocaine in their luggage. This is a second drug bust on the MSC Seaside during the transatlantic voyage from Brazil, following the arrest of 10 cruise passengers in Valencia for smuggling 54 kilos of cocaine.

10 Arrested for Smuggling 54 kg Cocaine on MSC Seaside

Apr 12, 2022

The Spanish authorities arrested 10 guests sailing aboard the cruise ship MSC Seaside for attempting to smuggle 54 kilos of cocaine. The smugglers were arrested while disembarking the ship at the port of Valencia last Sunday, following a Transatlantic cruise from Brazil. 

Cruise Ship Passenger Arrested After Police Find 46 Pounds of Meth In His Luggage

Mar 23, 2022

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in Raiatea, French Polynesia after the discovery of 46 pounds of methamphetamine found in his luggage. The authorities say that the passenger, who is a Tahitian national, sailing aboard the Holland America Line cruise ship MS Zuiderdam wanted to offload a suitcase when the vessel arrived in Raiatea on Thursday, March 17. When they inspected his luggage they found more than 9 pounds of the illicit drug in the suitcase.

Drug Bust in India on the Cordelia cruise ship Empress

Oct 02, 2021

The Narcotics Control Bureau of India (NCB) has raided the cruise ship Empress operated by the Startup company Cordelia Cruises at the port of Mumbai and reportedly seized drugs on board. Several media outlets in India report that NCB busted a high-profile event and seized various illegal drugs, including cocaine, hashish, and MDMA.

Cruise Ship Security Discovers 69 Pounds of Cocaine During Vessel Inspection

Jun 13, 2021

Cruise ship security officers found 69.5 Pounds (31.5 Kilos) of cocaine during a routine inspection last week while the vessel was off the coast of Florida.

Crew member arrested after officers find 300 grams of cannabis in his cabin

Feb 19, 2019

A cruise ship crew member was arrested on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in Port Louis, Mauritius for drug possession reports Inside News. According to the source, Police arrested the 38-year-old Shameem Rasmally, who was working as a photographer for the German cruise liner AidaBlu, operated by Aida Cruises.

Six Packages Of Cocaine Discovered On The Cruise Ship MSC Divina

Jan 30, 2019

Mexican authorities seized six packets of cocaine on board the cruise ship MSC Divina docked at the Port of Cozumel, Mexico, on January 29.