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Serenade of the Seas

Sometimes you just have to shake your head in disbelief.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers had a busy day October 24th in San Juan.  In two separate, apparently unrelated incidents, a total of four passengers from the Serenade of the Seas, fresh from a seven-night Caribbean cruise, were taken into custody for drug possession.

In the first incident, Diana Hortencia Latigua-Lorenzo, 32, a citizen of the United States, and her brother, Breidy Latigua-Lorenzo, 20, from the Dominican Republic, were arrested at the port after disembarking the 2,110-passenger vessel.  The Customs Agency reported that its officers found 6.48 kilograms of heroin wrapped in duct tape and placed in a large number of shoes inside their luggage.  The Latigua-Lorenzos had been sent for secondary screening after having given officers inconsistent information.

In the other incident, the agency says it found 3.5 kilograms of cocaine in three brick-size packages between the beds of the cabin occupied by Melinda Ivette Quiñones-Cruz, 28, and Cristian Gabriel Oquendo-Lopez, 21.  The drugs were discovered during a random inspection of Serenade of the Seas by a K-9 dog team.

I’m bothered by this on so many levels.    It saddens me that something I love so much – cruising – can be used by a few others to sow so much harm, just to satisfy their own greed.   You understand the motivations intellectually and yet, viscerally,  you just can’t fully grasp how they can do what they do.

You just shake your head.

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