The Jamaica Observer is reporting conflicting stories about a large drug bust on a cruise ship in Montego Bay yesterday. The cruise ship had sailed from Columbia.
In one article, the newspaper reports that 50 pounds of cocaine valued at over one million dollars (U.S.) was seized yesterday from a cruise ship in Montego Bay Jamaica. 22 pounds of cocaine was found strapped to a passenger. The passenger was identified as Ricardo Chin. Another 28 pounds of coke was found in a suitcase in a cabin occupied by another passenger. It is less than clear whether there is a connection between the two passengers
Yet in another article, the Observer reports that Royal Caribbean says authorities in Jamaica have detained two crew members from one of its cruise ships after they were found with cocaine when the ship was docked in Montego Bay. The cruise line says in a statement that customs officers found 18 kilograms (40 pounds) of the drug on one of the crewmen and 15 kilograms (33 pounds) in the cabin of another crew member on Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas.
Drug busts on Royal Caribbean cruise ships have been a common occurrence lately: