RCI crew members arrested for cocaine smuggling

By ,   March 23, 2015 ,   Accidents

The Merco Press and Crew Center reported yesterday that Argentinian Police had arrested two crew members on Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas for trying to smuggle cocaine and sell it in Europe. 

The vessel was anchored in the port of Buenos Aires. Both men, a Croatian and a Chilean, had the coke taped to their bodies and had also hidden drugs in a backpack.

After the arrest of the two, customs officials searched other locations on the ship and crew members’ cabins with 20 inspectors and 8 narcotics dogs and found additional 15.8 kilos cocaine.

The drugs cost approximately € 1 million. 

Splendour of the Seas had arrived from Punta del Este in Buenos Aires on March 16. The ship was scheduled to sail to Brazil and then to Europe. 

Drug smuggling on cruise ships is big business. This year alone, crew members had been arrested for smuggling more than 43 kilos of cocaine. Three passengers were arrested on ms Horizon with 20 kilos in January. Earlier this month, 5 crew members tried to smuggle a total of 7 kilos drugs on Norwegian Sun to Tampa from Roatan. 

Drug busts on Royal Caribbean International ships are quite common. The company claims drugs on its ships were "rare", though it’s hardly true. 140 pounds of cocaine had been found in two drug busts on Grandeur and Enchantment of the Seas in Jamaica.