MSC Poesia - Jam Fest CruiseFederal and local agents with K-9 dogs raided the MSC Poesia earlier this week looking to arrest passengers with drugs.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S.Marshals Service, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office participated in the raid.  

The raid targeted the cruise ship right at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale before it sailed with music fans on its Jam Fest cruise around the Caribbean.  The raid resulted in the arrest of some passengers and the seizure of small quantities of pot, mushrooms, hash oil, LSD, Ecstasy, and prescription drugs as well as unspecified drug paraphernalia.   

It sounds like this was a raid targeting the music fans on the belief (hope) that they brought drugs aboard for the Jam Fest cruise.  But it sounds like the seizure was just small amounts of recreational drugs.

The real problem with drugs on cruise ships is when crime cartels use cruise ships to smuggle large quantities of cocaine and heroin.  Early this week a story broke indicating that "Drug Gangs Target Cruise Ships."  The article mentioned that that "gangs are placing couriers on board ships, and also attempting to corrupt crewmembers, in order to bring in "multi-kilo loads" of drugs."  Eight eastern Europeans were recently sentenced in England after being convicted of attempting to smuggle over 75 pounds of cocaine (worth millions of dollars) ashore from the MSC Orchestra when it arrived in Dover from Brazil last year.

Last week three Royal Caribbean crew members from the Enchantment of the Seas were arrested smugging drugs into Baltimore.  

As Gadling points out, all the DEA and drug sniffing dogs accomplished during the overblown raid on the Jam Fest cruise was to make sure that there would be no high times on the high seas . . . 


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  • chris

    Sounds like a total victory for the police. I’m gonna bet the amount of drugs they found wouldnt amount to the cost for them all to conduct the raid. This is another case of overzealous/wasteful spending by officials that probably coundnt find their dicks with a flashlight.

  • chris

    Aren’t they supposed to be stopping drugs coming into the country rather than drugs leaving the country? Am I missing something? Saving these folks from themselves?

  • chloe

    Anybody know where to find the list of those arrested?

  • Kringle

    Sounds like profiling to me…and isn’t that a “Hate Crime”?

    I would be very interested to see how much of our taxes were spent on this whole operation, especially since the US is endangering our soldier’s lives and limbs (literally) to run drugs out of Afghanistan:

  • Jam Cruiser

    Don’t worry, there were still plenty of drugs on board to go round…

  • GayCruiser

    Same thing happened on a gay cruise out of miami last year. First they lined up every passenger down a hallway in two single file lines, then had a dog go over every person prior to boarding. That was in addition to the normal security process around people and luggage. Once everyone was on the ship, they then boarded with dog teams and went over the ship again.

  • brian Kuprian

    … the real worry is that people post things like, Jam Cruiser – January 10, 2011 9:34 AM

    Don’t worry, there were still plenty of drugs on board to go round
    … this is an invite to come back and fuck with us even harder. I personally did not see any extraordinary drug use on board. That’s my story and we should all stick to it.

  • Shane

    Did the people they bust get to go on the boat anyway?