The San Francisco Weekly Blog reported today that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) busted three cruise ship passengers in San Francisco with nearly 13 kilos of cocaine last month.
The CBP and local law-enforcement officials found two separate discoveries of a large amount of cocaine on a cruise ship at Pier 35 on January 25th after the ship arrived from Curacao, Columbia.
Although the CBP refused to release the name of the cruise ship, federal agents released the names of the three cruise passengers arrested: Ahmed Rachid, an Australian national with over 7 kilos of cocaine in his cabin, and Tony Wilkinson and Kirstie Harris, New Zealand citizens, with over 5 kilos of coke.
It is less than clear whether this involved two seperate smuggling operations or whether the three were engaged in one drug smuggling attempt.
The SF Weekly figured out that cruise the ship docked at Pier 35 on January 25th sailing out of Curacao was the Aurora, operated by Carnival subsidiary P & O Cruises.
The news of this drug bust came on the same day that two U.S. cruise passengers were sentenced to 6 years in jail for trying to smuggle pot into Bermuda.