Drugs Become Problem on Cruise Ships Docking in Baltimore

The city of Baltimore is known for The Wire, but now it seems that the drug problem of the city has spilled over to the cruise ships that just started docking there last year.  So far, the drug arrests seem to be unrelated, but are under investigation.  One of the people in the arrest appear to work on board the ship.

According to CBS, Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas has been the destination for drug smugglers on two different occasions within a month.  This time authorities seized $100,000 in cocaine and heroine. Gavin Excell, 35, John Swart Garth and Kishurn Neptune, both 27, were arrested after officers found drugs in Excell’s pants and shoes. Excell  told authorities that he and two other employees of the ship’s kitchen from a Jamaican man in the Dominican Republic.  Something tells me that’s not going to go over well for Excell in the big house.

And more people are involved! Loxly Johnson, 48 and Shenika Graves, 34, are accused of “plotting to buy the drugs from the ship employees.” Everyone involved will be charged with “conspiracy to import heroin and cocaine.”  In December, three of the employees had a similar charge of conspiracy to import drugs after coming from the Caribbean.

Read more here on the Love Boat spinoff, the “Drug Boat”.

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