PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – For the second year in a row, an EDM party cruise disembarking from Port Canaveral ended in a swath of drug charges for passengers from across the country who had hoped to spend the weekend aboard the Norwegian Epic.
The Holy Ship! cruise is scheduled for Jan. 5 through 9 with a second leg scheduled for Jan. 9 through 12. In January 2018, nearly two dozen people were arrested on drug charges over both legs of the cruise, reports News 6 partner Florida Today.
This time, a joint effort between Brevard County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Port Canaveral resulted in over a dozen drug arrests at the ship's terminal Saturday.
Drug-sniffing dogs scoured the terminals for anyone attempting to bring drugs onto the ship.
One of the suspects, 32-year-old David Tran of San Jose, California, is accused of hiding cocaine and ecstasy inside a pair of hairbrushes in his suitcase. Detectives at the scene overheard 24-year-old Trenton Hays of Washington talking about selling ecstasy, according to arrest reports.
Most of the arrests, including Tran and Hays, resulted in misdemeanor drug charges for the suspects. Eric Follmer, 33, Miami Beach, was charged with drug trafficking after detectives found him with 12 grams or 17 pills of ecstasy, according to court records.