Eight American cruise ship passengers arrested in US$850,000 drug bust

Eight American cruise ship passengers were taken in to custody after they allegedly tried to leave Jamaica with US$850,000 worth of cocaine.

Reports are that the eight people disembarked the vessel which arrived in Ocho Rios from Miami, Florida on Wednesday.

About 1:30 pm, they were re-boarding the vessel for departure, and anomalies were reportedly detected in their luggage.

During a search conducted by members of the Narcotics Division, a total of twenty-four packages containing cocaine weighing just over 17 kilograms (38 pounds) were found concealed in their bags.

The passengers were arrested for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Police say their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

Investigations are ongoing.

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