Allure of the Seas Crew Members Busted for Cocaine: Alleged Drug Smugglers Included Former and Present Royal Caribbean Cruise Employees
The Sun Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale reports that two Royal Caribbean arrested in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday as they were disembarking from the Allure of the Seas cruise ship.
The crew members, both age 25, were identified as Winston Hyman and Jimmel Thom (photo below). The cruise ship had returned to Port Everglades from a cruise to Labadee, Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico.
A sniffer dog alerted to a backpack the men had been carrying. More than one kilo of cocaine was discovered inside.
One of the men stated that they were handed backpack from a man in Falmouth, Jamaica. This man reportedly had previously worked aboard the Allure of the Seas. One of the crew members, Thom, had worked with this former crew member to smuggle narcotics on and off the Allure before. He was reportedly paid $2,000 upfront and was then to receive $1,000 once he delivered the cocaine in Fort Lauderdale.
We have reported on drug smuggling on Royal Caribbean cruise ships before. It's hardly a rare event; you can read the accounts of crew member drug smuggling below:
Another Royal Caribbean Crew Member Busted for Drug Smuggling (Explorer of the Seas)
Million Dollar Drug Bust on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship in Montego Bay (Grandeur of the Seas)
Three Crew Drug Arrests (Enchantment of the Seas)
High Times on the High Seas - Cruise Industry Struggles with "Reefer Madness (Royal Caribbean crew members smuggling drugs into Bermuda)
The Allure of the Seas was also the cruise ships where a travel agent was arrested for dealing large amounts of drugs during a cruise. He was caught with 142 ecstasy pills, 3 grams of methamphetamine, ketamine and $51,000 cash.
Photo credit: Broward County Sheriff's Office via Sun Sentinel