For the 2nd year in a row, an EDM party cruise which disembarked from Port Canaveral FL ended with drug charges for travelers from across the country who hoped to spend the weekend aboard Norwegian Epic.
The themed "Holy Ship Cruise" was scheduled for January 5 through 9 with a 2nd leg scheduled for January 9 through 12. In January 2018, nearly 2 dozen passengers were arrested on drug charges over voyage's both legs.
This time, a joint effort between the Sheriff's Office of Brevard County, US Customs and Border Patrol and Port Canaveral resulted in more than a dozen drug arrests at "Terminal 10" on Saturday, January 5.
Drug-sniffing dogs scoured the cruise terminals for anyone attempting to bring drugs on the ship.
One of the suspects, 32yo David Tran of San Jose CA, is accused of hiding cocaine and ecstasy inside two hairbrushes in his suitcase. According to arrest reports, detectives at the scene overheard 24yo Trenton Hays of WA talking about selling ecstasy.
Most of the arrests, including Hays and Tran, resulted in misdemeanor drug charges. 33 yo Eric Follmer, Miami Beach, was charged with drug trafficking. Detectives found him with twelve grams (17 pills) of ecstasy.
For other Norwegian Epic accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.