Cruise Passengers Try to Smuggle Drugs on Miami Ship

By ,   February 5, 2019 ,   Accidents

Two travelers from Washington D.C. were arrested on Sunday, February 3, after trying to smuggle drugs in their luggage onboard a cruise ship docked in PortMiami Florida, police said.

35-year-old Peter Melendez and 27-year-old Robert Koehler were detained after an officer intercepted emails sent through a computer Melendez used as a government contractor.

According to an arrest report, the emails were discovered by a special agent for Homeland Security, who was not named. The couple was caught “discussing their strategy” for smuggling drugs through PortMiami. They were allegedly found with suspected Adderall, ecstasy, viagra, and ketamine. 

Port of Miami (Florida)

The two men planned to sell the drugs to other cruise passengers aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, officials revealed. Koehler and Melendez were stopped during a check via drug-sniffing police K-9.

Cops found the two men were also carrying GHB. According to the US Drug Enforcement Agency, it is also popular as a date rape drug.

The tourists were charged with illegal drug trafficking. Separately, Melendez faces an extra charge of conspiracy to traffic MDMA, a party drug that usually comes in pill form.

For other Allure of the Seas accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.