Steven Barry Krumholz - Sentenced - Cruise DrugsA judge in the U.S. Virgin Islands sentenced a passenger caught dealing drugs on Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas to twenty-one months in jail.

In February of this year, Steven Barry Krumholz, age 51, of West Hollywood, was arrested on board the Allure of the Seas during the "world’s largest gay cruise."

Mr. Krumholz operated a travel agency. It seems that he sold much more than cruises.

Customs and Border agents in St. Thomas reportedly found around 142 ecstasy pills, 3 grams of methamphetamine, and ketamine in Mr. Krumholz’s cabin. 

The sentencing judge stated that Mr. Krumholz used his cabin on the cruise ship "as if it was an apothecary for controlled substances."

$51,000 in cash was also located in the cabin, apparently from drugs sales to other passengers. 

We reported on the incident earlier this year.  Over 370 readers tweeted, liked or shared the story. You can read the article below:

Passenger Busted for Selling Drugs on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

21 months in jail for all of these drugs and money seems like a light sentence.  Compare that to a sentence in Bermuda of three months for having a few joints in a safe in a passenger’s cabin.  Mr. Krumholz is lucky he was busted in St. Thomas rather than somewhere like Bermuda.

Earlier this week, we blogged about the prevalence of drugs on the Atlantis gay parties on Royal Caribbean cruise ships and asked whether the cruise line was prepared to deal with problems as the Allure of the Seas sailed this week – Is Royal Caribbean Ready for Medical Emergencies During the World’s Largest Gay Cruise?

Steven Barry KrumholzWe received a comment to our article from a cruiser: "I’ve been on 13 Atlantis cruises. Friends of mine on ship are reporting one death by falling, multiple people removed at first port for drugs and a several minutes long announcement by the captain about drugs. Amazed RCCL puts up with this."

Well today the AP is reporting that a passenger from California was arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands on suspicion of selling drugs to fellow passengers on the Allure of the Seas. According to the AP:

"Steven Barry Krumholz, 51, of West Hollywood, was arrested on board the Allure of the Seas in St. Thomas, said Jeffrey Quinones, a spokesman in Puerto Rico for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The ship had just come from the Bahamas on a charter billed as the "world’s largest gay cruise."

Customs and Border Protection agents boarded the ship Wednesday and found drugs on another passenger, who said he had placed an order with Krumholz before the trip and picked them up while on board, according to an affidavit submitted by one of the investigating agents.

Agents searched Krumholz’s cabin and allegedly found more than 142 ecstasy pills, nearly 3 grams of methamphetamine, a small quantity of ketamine and about $51,000 in cash, the agent said.

While waiting for the suspect to return to his cabin, two more passengers came to buy drugs, according to the affidavit."

$51,000 in cash.  Wow.  That’s alot of drugs sold to passengers on the Allure.

Sounds like high times on the high seas.

 

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Credit:  "high time on the high seas" is a quote I first heard from friend Chris Owen

Photo credit:  top – Steven Krumholz facebook; bottom – Atlantis Events facebook page