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Cocaine Smuggling Arrest Port Canaveral April 24, 2016

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Cruise Ship Cocaine Smuggling
Freedom of the Seas Crew Members

Cocaine Smuggling Arrest Port Canaveral April 24, 2016

Sheldon Grant Junior Ellision

 

On April 24, 2016, Freedom of the Seas crew members Sheldon Grant and Junior Ellision, 31 were arrested for conspiring with each and others to import cocaine from St. Maarten to Port Canaveral, Florida. The crew members used decoy sandals purchased at a Merritt Island Walmart and other Cape Canaveral locations, located near the Port Canaveral cruise terminal.

Investigators said they started following Ellision on November 22, 2015 from the ship, and each time Ellision left the ship, he took a shuttle to the Merritt Island Walmart. Authorities said Ellision would pick up sandals filled with cocaine in St. Maarten and would wear them off the ship.

Ellision would then go to the Walmart, buy a pair of sandals, and then put the cocaine filled sandals in the Walmart bag to deliver to someone else, authorities said. They were paid $1,250 each time they delivered the sandals.

The pair were observed transporting the sandals with cocaine which totaled at least 1333 grams or nearly three pounds, on several occasions including November 22, 2015, February 21, 2016, April 10, 2016 and April 24, 2016.


The federal indictment charges Junior Ellision and Sheldon Grant with importing more than 500 grams of cocaine into the United State. The indictment outlines four instances where the pair of crew members were seen trafficking the cocaine from the Caribbean into Florida.

In each instance, Freedom of the Seas was on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Cruise which departed from Port Canaveral. The cruise ship called at Coco Cay in the Bahamas, then called at two Virgin Islands cruise ports of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas and Philipsburg on Saint Martin. The cocaine was picked at Philipsburg.

On November 22, 2015, cocaine smuggling accomplice David Wyatt received 255 grams of cocaine hidden in one pair of sandals after his vehicle was pulled over on SR 528.

On February 28, 2016, cocaine smuggling accomplices Kanhnell Christian and Carol Blake received 745 grams of cocaine hidden in two pairs of sandals after Christian’s vehicle was pulled over on SR 528.

On April 10, 2016, cocaine smuggling accomplice Roger Wilks received 333 grams hidden in one pair of sandals after his vehicle was pulled over on southbound interstate 95.

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