On Friday, March 11 a crew member from Norwegian Cruise Line was sent to prison for 10 years.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines national, 23-year-old Desrick Gordon, was sentenced for his part in a drug smuggling ring from Roatan in Honduras to Tampa, Florida.
The charge was conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilos or more of cocaine and he was found guilty by a jury in mid December last year. The recommended sentence was 10 years to life and in addition the judge ordered him to hand over the proceeds of the drug sale which were just over $53,000.
Gordon and five other crew members from the Norwegian Sun were arrested last April when the ship docked in Tampa. They were followed as they left the ship and went to a local restaurant where they met and handed over the 7.5 kilograms of cocaine to local traffickers. The other arrested crew members, Jason Carmichael, Teffan Delice, Johnson Cherubin, Alfred Ince, and Arkine John, had already pleaded guilty to the charge.
At the trial it was revealed that there was a drug network based in Honduras which transported cocaine using crew members, who picked it up in Roatan and delivered it to Florida. Once in Tampa the crew members handed it over to local traffickers, linked to the Honduran network, who were also arrested.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.