This case continues from the original arrest of fellow crew member Adrian Morris. Morris was arrested on June 6, 2010, after video footage aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Explorer Of The Seas connected him to a 8 pound bag found in the disco aboard the cruise ship which contained cocaine. See: Adrian Morris Drug Arrest
Ricardo Valentine Stewart, 32, from the north coast resort town of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, was fingered by Adrian Morris as the king pin.
The court and jury heard that when investigators went to Stewart's cabin, his girlfriend was inside. She asked to go to the bathroom while being interviewed, which tipped off investigators that she might have another motive for wanting to go to the bathroom. They searched the bathroom, found a box of powdered laundry soap. When the box was searched, inside was $4900 in American money.
According to Kelnile Bushay, 35, another cleaner on the ship involved in the drug ring, who was from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Stewart arranged for passengers from the Explorer of the Seas to pick up cocaine in St Maarten. Bushay went on to say that the smuggling had been going on since 2009, aboard Explorer Of The Seas, to his knowledge.
Detective Constable Alickson Severin told the court, that St Maarten is known as one of the transit points for large quantities of cocaine that emanate from Colombia.
Severin told the court that the cocaine seized from the Explorer of the Seas had an average purity of 47.5 per cent and would net between $424,500 and $735,375 on the streets of Bermuda.
After around two hours of deliberation, a jury of five men and seven women found Stewart guilty of conspiring to import cocaine by a majority vote of ten to two.
Stewart was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Jamaicans working aboard another of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's ships, Enchantment Of The Seas were arrested in December 2010. That drug ring was smuggling cocaine and heroin out of the Caribbean into Baltimore. After the arrest of a trio of drug smugglers, more drugs for distribution were found aboard the ship, in a common area of the ship, just as in this case. See: Drug Bust on Enchantment Of The Seas