This day in cruise history:
Ten years ago today, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Mariner Of The Seas was berthed at Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise Facility in Port St. Maarten on May 17, 2007. Port St. Maarten is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
On that day, Mariner Of The Seas crew members Wayne Anthony Heslop age 36, Winston Cargill Lewis age 35 and Eucal Norman Patterson age 41, who were all from Jamaica, were arrested trying to smuggle one kilo of cocaine aboard the cruise ship.
Lewis and Heslop said they were paid $3000 to smuggle the cocaine aboard Mariner Of The Seas, by a man they called “scarface”, and hid the dope in their pants, as they attempted to smuggle the cocaine to the United States.
While one would assume, the three would go to prison and they would throw away the key, that was not the case. As this Caribbean cocaine smuggling case unfolds, we see it was the tip of a larger iceberg and hand slapping is common in St. Maarten.
Kingdom of the Netherlands Drug Trafficking Laws – Source Wikipedia
“The relatively recent increase in the cocaine trafficking business has been largely focused on the Caribbean area. Since early 2003, a special law court with prison facilities has been operational at Schiphol airport. Since the beginning of 2005, there has been 100% control of all flights from key countries in the Caribbean. In 2004, an average of 290 drug couriers per month were arrested, decreasing to 80 per month by early 2006.”