The four men made the mistake of appearing too anxious on cell phones outside port-side Hooters restaurant on Sunday, thus inviting surveillance from agents of Homeland Security Investigations.
According to a federal complaint, two women arrived in a car and picked up three of the men. They were returned to the port after an hour, minus their cargo.
The women checked out of the hotel where all had met and drove up Interstate 75, to be stopped by Pasco County agent with a narcotics-sniffing dog. Four bundles of cocaine were found in the vehicle.
Seven people, including one who was alleged lookout, were booked March 9 on federal drug smuggling charges into the Pinellas County jail. Only one, Simone Natoya Walters, 34, listed a U.S. address. Simone, along with 39-year-old Semarie Gailann Paul, was stopped in the car.
Back at port, the men were found with $50,000 in cash. They also held Western Union receipts which showed they had wired money to others. Norwegian Sun crew members were identified as Arkine John, 21, Jason Leon Carmichael, 21, Alfred Kernel Ince, 24, Johnson Cherubin, 30, and Teffan Delice, 29.