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4 Charged with Smuggling Cocaine on Cruise Ship

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | June 25, 2016

4 Charged with Smuggling Cocaine on Cruise Ship

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Police have charged four women with conspiracy to import cocaine aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida said in a criminal complaint obtained by USA Today

Lakisha Abney, Shawnta Aiken and Ciera Bryant of Washington, D.C., and Shenique Milbourne of Fort Washington, Md., sailed aboard the Freedom of the Seas, which made stops in Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico and returned to Port Canaveral, Fla., on May 15, officials told the newspaper.

READ MORE: Flight Attendant Accused of Smuggling Cocaine to Remain in Jail 

Police found more than 6.6 kilograms of cocaine on the women, who were hiding the drugs under their loose-fitting muumuus, USA Today reported.

After the arrests, Milbourne told authorities in an interview that she was offered a free cruise in exchange for smuggling the drugs, the newspaper said.

READ MORE: Flight Attendant’s Bag Found to Contain 60 Pounds of Cocaine 

In a post-Miranda interview, Bryant told police that Abney offered her $2,000 to bring back a "small gift" from Jamaica, according to USA Today.

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