Louis La Nasa, 27, and Gino La Nasa, 23, from New York were arrested (see video below) for smuggling drugs aboard Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship Norwegian Epic. Norwegian Epic embarked from Port Canaveral, Florida on Wednesday January 10, 2018 for a 4-night Bahamas cruise with a call at Great Stirrup Cay. The cruise was the second leg of the Holy Cruise named Holy Ship 11.0.
The brothers were charged with drug trafficking charges including 250 ecstasy pills, possession of 65.2 grams of MDMA, 2.5 grams of oxycodone and 5.1 grams of Xanax.
Based on a tip, the police report states, “officers searched the room Gino La Nasa was sharing with his brother Louis aboard the Norwegian Epic, finding “emptied tied condoms in the toilet and several empty balls of clear plastic wrap that appeared to be covered in some kind of lubrication.”
“While sitting in a secured area, four clear baggies that appeared to be hidden in an individual’s rectum were located on the floor behind where they were sitting,” arrest reports state. Officers said Louis La Nasa then removed a plastic bag from his rectum and tried to put it in his mouth in front of the officers, according to arrest documents. Police believe the bag contained oxycodone.
Twenty-three others were also arrested on drug charges at Port Canaveral, most from out of state carrying ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, meth or marijuana. Arrested were: New York-based DJ and producer Gina Turner, 34, arrested on three felony charges, including one count of cocaine possession and two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. She was taken to Brevard County Jail with a bail set at $3,500. She denied the charges in an address to fans via Twitter, claiming that she only carried marijuana, for which she has a medical card, and that the other charges were for false test readings on natural vitamins. Also arrested were Deanna Campbell, 29 of Framingham, Mass., possession of a controlled substance; Adrian Gomez Campos, 36 of Monrovia, Calif., possession of a controlled substance; John Capell, 37 of Texas, possession of a synthetic narcotic with intent to deliver; Jacqueline Dunkel, 24 of Henderson, Nev., breach of peace and disorderly conduct; Michael Esser, 29 of St. Petersburg, Fla., possession of a controlled substance; Keith Gagnon, 30 of Tynsborough, Mass., possession of a controlled substance; Mikayla Graham, 22 of Honolulu, Hawaii, selling amphetamines; Alexis Hardesty, 26 of Austin, Texas, possession of a controlled substance; Michael Lundbom, 34 of San Francisco, Calif., possession of marijuana and a controlled substance; Andew Nasser, 30 of Torrance, Calif., possession of a controlled substance; Michael Nguyen, 34 of Austin, Texas, possession of a controlled substance; Luis Ramirez, 34 of Richmond, Va., cocaine trafficking; Traci Shaprio, 29 of Los Angeles, Calif., possession of a controlled substance; John Skerik, 31 of Crescent City, Calif., marijuana possession; Lap Tran, 29 of Sugar Land, Texas, controlled substance possession; Christopher Wells, 26 of Henefer, Utah, controlled substance possession.
Next month, Royal Caribbean’s Navigator Monsters of Rock Cruise embarks at Miami, Florida on Sunday, February 11, 2018 for five days and nights.
This is not the first time a concert cruise was marred by drug arrests. On, January 06, 2005 Jam Cruise 3 aboard Carnival Ecstasy authorities were tipped off by online chatter in a forum/chatroom, that there were going to be a lot of passengers smuggling drugs on this particular cruise. Police showed up during boarding to do a shake down of passengers, and netted quite a haul. There were 11 passengers arrested including Indiana dentist Dr. Matthew D. Pate DDS, 38, from Kokomo, Indiana, who was arrested with 18 hits of ecstasy.
Video: Dozens Arrested Before Boarding Holy Ship! 2018 Cruise