Cruise Ship Passenger Arrested for Possession of Backpack Full of Cocaine

September 28, 2011
(1 p.m. EDT) -- Some people continue to think that cruise ships are easy vehicles for smuggling drugs into the United States, though the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) begs to differ. On Sunday, agents in San Juan arrested a 27-year-old debarking cruise ship passenger who was found with approximately 1,694 grams of cocaine in his backpack.

According to a CBP press release, Carl Peterkin was arrested for drug possession during a "random inspection" of cruise ship passengers debarking Carnival Victory after a seven-night Southern Caribbean cruise.

His brother Steven was also arrested for conspiracy. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations has taken custody of the two and will look into the situation further. Although Carnival is deferring questions to the CBP, a company spokesman tells us that "Carnival works regularly with government authorities to combat any type of illegal activity, including the smuggling of narcotics."

Think cruise ships have a drug problem? Check out what we had to say on the subject earlier this year.

--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor