For the second year in a row, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has released a list of individuals arrested before boarding the annual Holy Ship! cruise in Florida. Last year, over 40 people were arrested over the course of both sailings, including DJ Gina Turner the first week.
The numbers from Holy Ship! 12.0, which returns today as 13.0 sets sail, were released after it left port on the 6th. A total of 16 individuals are listed. They were arrested for a variety of offenses, ranging from possession of a controlled substance, resisting an officer, and intent to sell narcotics.
A joint effort between Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Port Canaveral, including the use of drug-sniffing dogs, resulted in the arrests.
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.”
Photos, names, and ages of those arrested can be seen here, along with the charges filed against them. The second leg of the cruise, 13.0, boards today from Port Canaveral.