News sources are reporting that a Carnival cruise passenger was busted at Port Canaveral with 12 pounds of cocaine in his suitcase after returning from a Caribbean cruise.
The Orlando Sentinel says that Ishermon Tafari, age 31, from the country of Granada, was arrested over the weekend when federal officers entered his cabin on the Carnival Liberty cruise ship.
The officers had obtained arrest and search warrants in Orlando federal court before the cruise ship returned to port.
When the officers searched the passenger’s cabin, they found powder laundry detergent poured onto clothes at the bottom of Tafari’s luggage. Approximately 12 pounds of cocaine were inside the lining of the luggage.
WFTV reports that the cruise ship made stops in Turks and Caicos, Aruba and Curacao before returning to Port Canaveral.
Investigators are looking to see if Tafari is part of a bigger smuggling operation, after discovering that he sent a text to a friend while on the trip saying, "I’m on a mission [same one, different island]."
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