Update: Cruise Ship Passenger Sentenced to 12 Years for Cocaine Smuggling

April 5, 2013
Update, 12:34 p.m. EDT -- The Royal Gazette reports that Jane Carmichael has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for her part in attempting to smuggle three kilograms of cocaine from a Celebrity cruise ship into Bermuda.

(May 8, 2012, 1:50 p.m. EDT) -- Two female passengers and a Celebrity Summit cabin attendant were arrested on drug charges on May 3 while the ship was docked in King's Wharf, Bermuda.

According to a Celebrity Cruises statement provided to Cruise Critic, law enforcement officers entered the passengers' cabin and found three kilograms of cocaine. At that time, the passengers implicated a cabin attendant from Jamaica, who was also taken into custody.

The Bermuda Sun is reporting that formal charges have been filed against an American tourist named Jane Howell Carmichael, 53. According to the article, Carmichael had strapped four packets of cocaine -- with a street value of $369,000 -- to herself in a girdle.

Carmichael, who is reportedly from Georgia, was charged with conspiring to import cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to supply, and was remanded into custody until May 21. No plea will be entered in the case until the Bermudian Supreme Court formally issues indictments. There's no word on the other two people who were arrested.

It is unclear what tipped authorities off to the attempted smuggling. The Sun reports the Bermudian authorities were acting on "information they received." Celebrity did not answer questions regarding its involvement, citing only its "zero tolerance policy" and full cooperation with authorities. Celebrity Summit departed San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, April 28, and sailed an eight-night itinerary that included St. Maarten, St. Thomas, the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda. The ship returned to port in Cape Liberty, New Jersey, on Sunday, May 6.

--by Jamey Bergman, U.K. Web Content Producer