Oceania Riviera Crew Underwear Shoes Smuggled Cocaine – On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, Oceania Cruises’ Oceania Riviera crew member Wilfred Thobourne, 31, from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa was arrested for smuggling cocaine to Miami, Florida.
The complaint alleges, “HSI Special Xgents and Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBP) conducted surveillance of the Oceania Riviera Cruise ship. The vessel arrived at the Port of Miami from Puerto Rico, Gustavia, Castries and various other places in the Caribbean. At approximately, 1215 hours, agents observed crew member, Wilfred Thobourne, exit the Riviera from the crew gangway.
Agents observed THOBOURNE walk with an unnatural and stiff gait as he walked on the dock. Agents approached THOBOURNE, identified themselves and conducted a border search of THOBOURNE and his belongings. During the border search, agents felt a hard objeçt in the groin area of THOBOURNE’S jeans. THOBOURNE was then escorted to the secondary area for farther examination.
During the secondary èxamination, CBP Officers conducted a full search and pat-down of THOBOURNE. During the search, CBP Ofticers discovered that THOBOURNE was wearing approximately five pairs of various shorts and underwear underneath his jeans. CBP Officers discovered a large object inside of a pair of black underwear worn by THOBOURNE. CBP Officers probed the package and discovered a white powdery substance which field tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine found inside of the underwear weighed approximately 817 grnms (1.8 pounds).
Thereafter, CBP Officers examined THOBOURNE’S sandals utilizing an X-ray machine and discovered anomalies in the soles of the sandals. CBP Officers inspected the soles of the sandals and discovered packages wrapped in duct tape in the foot bed of each of the sandals. CBP Officers probed each package and discovered a white powdery substance which field tested positive for cocaine. The first package of cocaine weighed approximately 444 grams (.97 pounds). The second package of cocaine weighed approximately 442 gmms (.97 pounds). The total weight of the three packages of cocaine is approximately 1.7 kilograms (3.75 pounds).”
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