Miami - Two men were arrested Sunday for allegedly attempting to smuggle party drugs onto the “Allure of the Seas”, which was about to depart Miami for the world’s largest all-gay cruise. One of the suspects is a federal contractor and allegedly used a government computer to discuss plans to distribute drugs, tipping off the authorities.
According to a police report, a drug-hunting dog alerted to luggage belonging to Robert Koehler and Peter Melendez, two passengers for Atlantis Events’ Allure Caribbean Cruise. A search allegedly uncovered 27 grams of MDMA, 18 grams of ketamine, 246 grams of GHB, 7 grams of Viagra and 5 grams of Adderall in their belongings. Melendez, an analyst for a defense contractor, allegedly used his work computer to send emails about plans to distribute the drugs on board. These messages were intercepted by authorities, contributing to his arrest. The sting was not the first time this year that passengers have been arrested while trying to bring drugs onto a dance-themed cruise, nor was it the largest bust. In January, more than a dozen passengers waiting to board an electronic dance music (EDM) cruise were arrested in Port Canaveral for alleged possession of illicit drugs.
The majority of the suspects received misdemeanor possession and drug paraphernalia charges, but two individuals were charged with trafficking for alleged possession of larger quantities of MDMA.