Holy Ship! 12.0 just embarked back into Port Canaveral, dropping off its boat full of festival-goers who spent the week raving. Many are heading home, while others are looping right back around for 13.0, doing b2b ships.
Unfortunately, not everyone made it back scot-free. Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and Port Canaveral joined forces and had over a dozen arrests of ship goers for just the first week of ship.
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.
An anti-narcotics policy is clearly listed on the Holy Ship! website:
“You will be embarking Holy Ship! in Port Canaveral and passing through security run by Customs and Border Protection, a division of Homeland Security,” it warns.
“Your person and your luggage can and will be searched. Forget about your right to privacy, you are passing through a port where all local and federal laws apply and are strictly enforced.
“Every person and each piece of luggage will be inspected by dogs trained to detect explosives and contraband. Anyone found to be violating the law and/or in possession of illegal substances…will be arrested and banned from all future events.”
Last year between the two ships, almost two dozen people were arrested on drug charges. After tightening efforts for 2019 and getting increased security, they are more than halfway to that number. Drug-sniffing dogs patrolled the port and detectives kept an ear out for any talk of drug usage, selling, or paraphernalia. Most of the arrests resulted in misdemeanor drug charges. Thanks to Florida law, the photos of everyone arrested is readily available along with their charges and court records.
Photos, names, and ages of those arrested can be seen here, along with the charges filed against them.
Holy Ship! 13.0 is set to sail January 9th. Whether 12.0 serves as a warning, or there will be just as many arrests, we will find out soon enough.