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UPDATED: St. Lucians busted in drug-smuggling ring

By SNO Staff/Tampa Tribune

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St. Lucians Teffan Delice (left) and Johnson Cherubin.

Two St. Lucian nationals are among five Norwegian Cruise Line employees arrested by Federal authorities on Sunday, March 8 for smuggling seven kilogrammes of cocaine from Honduras in their spandex underwear.

The St. Lucians, 30-year-old Johnson Cherubin, and 29-year-old Teffan Delice, were arrested along with Grenadian nationals Jason Leon Carmichael, 21, and Alfred Kernel Ince, 24; and St. Vincent national Arkine John, 21.

Cherubin is reportedly from Ciceron, Castries and Delice is said to be Cacao, Babonneau.

Co-workers of the men have told St. Lucia News Online that the arrests are not only embarrassing to other St. Lucian and Caribbean nationals employees, but surprising.

“It is very sad because they were all so very nice. It came like a shock to us all,” a source said.

The Tampa Tribune reported that the employees attracted the attention of customs officials as they were leaving the Norwegian Sun cruise ship, according to a federal affidavit.

From left: Alfred Kernel Ince, Arkine John and Jason Leon Carmichael.

The Tribune further reported: “Investigators followed them to the Hooters restaurant in Channelside, where they observed the crew members “pacing anxiously” and talking on their cell phones until two women pulled up in a rental car.

“Carmichael, Delice and Cherubin got into the car, and authorities followed them to a Residence Inn on Boy Scout Boulevard, according to the affidavit. Everyone went inside, and then returned to the car about 20 minutes later.

“The two women — Semarie Paul and Simone Walters — dropped the crew members off at the Port, then returned to the hotel. They went back inside, investigators said, and then came back out with luggage.

“Walters and Paul left the hotel and were pulled over by a Pasco County Sheriff’s sergeant for a traffic infraction. The women appeared nervous, a K-9 deputy arrived at the scene, and the dog found four packages of cocaine in the car, according to the affidavit.

“Customs officials searched Carmichael, John, Ince and Delice as they made their way back to the ship, and found thousands of dollars and Western Union receipts for currency transfers, records show. The men admitted to officials that they had picked up the packages March 3 in Roatan, Honduras, and smuggled them aboard the ship in their Spandex underwear, the affidavit said.

“When they arrived in Tampa, they were instructed to go to the Channelside Hooters, where they were to meet up with a woman named “Princess.” When they went to the hotel, the men said, they took the drugs out of their underwear and gave them to Paul and Walters, who paid them $2,000 per package.

“After a search, investigators found that Carmichael was in possession of more than $32,000. John was found in possession of about $3,400 and an additional $6,000 in his cabin on the ship. Ince, who said he only acted as a lookout and denied any involvement with the drug trafficking, was found to be in possession of about $1,700.

“Paul, Walters and the five crew members — who are listed as galley workers in jail records — remain in federal custody.”

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86 comments

  1. So it was in the days of Noah so shall it be in the end. Good will be bad to people and bad will be good. As long as we put aside the 10 commandments of God ad the standard we inevitably will fall into the path of death and desruction. Many people are covetous and this always lead down the wrong path. The love of money and vanity is the root of all evils. I say no more.

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  2. So it was in the days of Noah so shall it be in the end. Good will be bad to people and bad will be good. As long as we put aside the 10 commandments of God ad the standard we inevitably will fall into the path of death and desruction. Many people are covetous and this always lead down the wrong path. The love of money and vanity is the root of all evils. I say no more.

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  3. TheSaintLuciaActivist

    Cruise ship US$ not enough....? Live the life, pay the consequences.

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  4. East London chick

    Again kMT

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  5. money

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  6. My Mom always tell us never envy what we see others have, for we do not know what they do for their money and that is the truth. They got caught in the worst state Florida, you see they hit them with Federal charges. This means they will be put away for a long time, after their attorney finish eating every cent they have knowing they will NEVER beat the charges.

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  7. Greed is the result of them getting involved in such drugs smuggling behavior. I personally don't have no mercy on these people, you guys have a job, my gosh you can take care of your loved ones, no matter how small it's bread from your sweat you'll had to put my sweet island on the news doing that stupid thing. Your all eyes are too big, be satisfied with what you have work hard and with good strength and health you will have what the good Lord wants you to have, haven't you'll learn anything regarding drugs it's no worth it, it's death, destruction or your freedom taken away from you, was it worth it ? You live and learn don't do drugs in that case don't become anyone's mule. My fellow young Lucian that's a lesson for all of us to learn from, don't let the devil tempt you to do such things

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  8. So the St. Lucian guys were with them but no monies were found on them nor in their cabins. That's up to you guys you should have stayed in your cabin if you have no business to do out there. Hope you learn from that! Si pa ne soutiwez pa ne volea......

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  9. this is not nice for us st lucin

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  10. Well said life.

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  11. chasing money..........it should be you or your loved ones(if you have any) that these drugs kill as you seem to sympathise with these aholes.

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  12. I don't think ppl should be allowed to comment on the news anymore cause they sound like dumbass hypocrites...... It was drugs! That doesn't make it right but all these comments are unnecessary. We all do things that we may not be proud of to survive so young men.....hold on strong because some idiots talk like that's the worst crime....its called survival my any means necessary.

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  13. Sad. Now Lucians are left with bad publicity on the cruise lines and who says others might have an opportunity to get a job on board the cruises anymore. *LIFE SUCKS* PEOPLE ARE TO SELFISH

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  14. omg i know teffan he is also known as shem.....wowww this is unbelievable funny thing is he dosent even smoke...-_____-....i guess you dont take it you just transport it..how dumb

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    • So smoking somehow makes you a criminal of some sort? Smh

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    • Well he made himself a follower and not a leader. You see he doesn't even smoke yet he finds himself in some drug transaction. After this experience he will wake up and smell things for what they are!!

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  15. things messed up everywhere.i eh go lie you'll was close but your'll slip uh...tough luck.. hold it dong my g shem...the life eh over yet..

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  16. These two ..holes just made it more difficult for lucians to get jobs on the ship now....the money u makin on board the ship isn't enough?? Greedy idiots they should make yall spend 20 years to life in federal prison n after they deport yall make yall spend another 20 years here...jackasses.

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  17. I'm sure they have done that before but got caught this time. The money they make on the ship is not enough to show off...so they have to commit crime!! DAMN F**KS! Keep those two salops in jail for a while. They shamed st. lucia.

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  18. 2 SALOPS - KEEP THEM IN JAIL.

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  19. I guess their familys have to sell their land and homes to get their ASSES out of jail. They should let them rot in prison they too greedy.

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  20. Here goes drugs, our worst enemy in the world. It distroys lives, family and the future of our young people. Lots of money involve but the devil controls. You will get caught sooner or later and then what!

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  21. Can't complain as long as he ain't muder nobody we will see him soon

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  22. I hear they say its do they do him that you know obiah

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  23. At traffic infraction. ..lol yeah right.

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  24. They were tagged / tracked from ROATAN- there they stick out like an penguin in the Sahara.
    Any contacts they made were under DEA sponsored surveillance and tagged to catch bigger fish.
    They are cub scouts trying to charge the trenches against seasoned storm troopers.
    The crime and shame is bad enough but the execution of this crime-as reported is pathetic.

    Only consolation for family is that they will be deported to challenge a low morale police force....
    Lord have some mercy ..

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  25. wat ever dats life u win some u.loose some

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  26. Shameful. Enjoy federal prison boys.

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  27. Sadly, this is not just about these young men, but our society as a whole. No one wants to toil and save anymore, look around you. Every body have smart phones, tablets which they could hardly afford, without a penny in their bank accounts. Look at these young criminals robbing people just to buy nonsense. We have become too materialistic as a society. It is ok not to be able to drive a BMW, or have the latest gadgets.

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  28. shame on u boy shem

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  29. what a shame so many young ppl out in st lucia looking for opportunities to work on the ship and that you'll doing stupid fools

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  30. I have said over and over again that unless we are capable of controlling our individual borders and maintain security within those borders, we are not ready for the free movement of people within the region. The criminals, particularly drug dealers and human traffickers, are using the security lapses to ply and expand their trade with easier and wider connections.

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  31. yes is true he did that but what if ? he went well all those who know him would be like wam deh killa past some ting uh man ! so he got busted life goes on ppl. my g! big up bro you tried see you on block x soon bad boy

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  32. I GUESS ST. LUCIA IS JUST AS STUPID AS THE REST OF THEM. LOCK HIM UP AND THROW THE KEY. DAMN SHAME!

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  33. aloysius sylvestre

    Don't St.Lucians ever take time to watch the NatGeo program Locked Up Abroad?They should have been busted in Central America or Asia.Had it been in one of these Asian or Central American countries they would have definately found out what it's like to suffer the consequences of your actions.

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    • Aloysius Sylvestre you have hit the nail on the head.If it was so I bet they would have committed suicide by the second day especially in Mexico or Guatemala.

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    • aloysius sylvestre

      Those asking him to big up himself and just do the time,have any of you asked yourselves what the sentence is gonna be like if found guilty? This is America and you can end up doing in excess of 10 years in Federal Prison for trafficking.Are you people not aware of that?I bet you as sad as it may be to his family and friends if you do your research you will understand that this is factual.We all falter but sometimes we allow ourselves to do so without taking into consideration what the consequences might be.

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  34. from school you were always like that u like the nice things.

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  35. Now look at some of you with your own opinions about what you think bringing on all that negative energy towards a man. Each of you now look yourself up in a mirror and see what wrong at that moment. Gossip/useless chat is vice. The man created his own circumstances. Now only with his own mind he can be free.

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    • d man get buss doing his ting, ppl too foolish url like to look down on people and wish ting on dem, d same system that url always complaining about is the same system that hold him

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  36. Yall lucians really need to learn to mind yall own dam business ...the bigger head of the country doing it no body says shit...he took a risk..soo what!!!! Yall talking about he working on the cruise ship yall dont know what its like and all the shit the guys have to put up with out there!! Who feels it knows it ... MIND YALL DAM BUSINESS! !!

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  37. Please shut down the commnent section on this site, ppl drag ppl down too much. Imagine that the family of this man is already hurt, to be reading all this hurtful comments

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    • I fee sorry for the negative press Saint Lucia has been receiving as a result of the actions of a few selfish and greedy individuals, sadly the law abiding citizen are the ones who will be punished for their action...

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  38. The swelling under his eyes alone,sold him out.
    Cooyon,yall will learn. County jails do have galleys, it's just that the environment is different to those on cruise vessels.So long bro.

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  39. Keep your head up ghetto youth have to survive he without sin please cast the first stone there are people who do worse things in life society always have a way of looking down on people i say pray pray pray and just hold on bro.

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  40. BAD NAME FOR ST.LUCIANS TO GET JOBS ON THE SHIP..ST.LUCIANS TOO STUPID..SHAME,SHAME,SHAME ..ON THEM....

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  41. sorry for you guys but better u guys than me Norwegian spirit to the world

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  42. a bey bon look mate loose his good job on the ship but yall that sell yall self out if yall was acting calm then you wouldnt get busted.lol like they say no risk no reward lol

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  43. hey dat was a set up if the guy hard so much money in his cabin why wud day be nervous out of all times wat day shud of done was quit while ure ahead

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  44. Leave it up to the St. Lucian to be in possession of 3 times the amount more than the others. Greed, greed, greed.

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  45. Tuff luck bro,hustle is a hustle!..

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  46. This guy represents a cross section of St. Lucian people. Numerous reports have unearthed that the majority of us are corrupt and have an tolerate an indifference to crime. We just choose which report we want to believe dependening on our greed and political affliation. "Let who that is without sin cast the first stone." The Bible.

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  47. Why are we judging the guys? Politicians steal and businessmen embezzle millions. They were not selling cocaine to your kids. Why are their photos in the news as thay have only been charged.

    We recently had several cases where popular businessmen were charged with drug offences and another was charged with spitting on a woman. Why are theuir photos not placed in the news. We are a very prejudice country and everyone turns a blind eye to these things. No wonder you hate Mary. Ye hypocrites!!!

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    • Judgement day soon come the majority of these politicians business men and other big ups in society more coeeupt they have much more than they need and they still pedling drugs and swindiling money

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    • Fatman, the point of the VAT is to force a reduction in puiblc spending a point that we seem to have missed since the government's first month collection exceeded their yearly projection. In my research, I have found very little evidence of VAT as a replacement for income tax. Instead, it replaces consumption tax, sales tax, hotel occupancy tax, etc. The largesse of the political directorate aside, I implore you to look at VAT tax systems in other countries (Barbados, Guyana or Jamaica are good examples). A VAT is not a targeted tax, it is comprehensive, and I assure you that had the new tax regime not been implemented, we would have had serious budget deficit issues given the

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  48. YE WITHOUT SINS CAST THE FIRST STONE....ALL OF YALL BOMBEZ SALOPS, JAMETS, ADULTURERS, LIARS, CHEATERS......FLAPPIING Y'ALL DIRTY MOUTHS.....BECAUSE YALL SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET AND NO ONE CAN SEE THEM DOSENT MAKE YALL ANY BETTER THAN HE IS. EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES AND THERES A POINT IN EVERYONE LIFE WHERE HE OR SHE WILL MAKE A BAD DECISION, NOW IF YALL LIFE CLEAN AND YOU ARE JESUS CHRIST THEM MAKE SHADY COMMENTS.....BUT IF IT IS'NT THEN F*** OFF

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  49. Hope the ambas

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  50. Choops u r job would offer u more money. Now u have a criminal record and no job FOOLSSSSSS

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  51. Dats wat happens wen fellas get greedy for money. U have a job, y jeopardize dat n some of ur freedom for extra money. Some people don't think before they act. They do stuff n don't think of the consequences behind them.

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  52. Every dog has to eat...WE WANT MORE!!!we cayh accept eating garbage everyday...unless in a situation,one can never understand what drives someone's motives no risk no reward.....hard luck g ......life goes on just hold ur hard up papa..JAIL WASN't MADE FOR DOGS,BUT FOR MAN

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  53. Get rich or die trying

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  54. just serve him rite go make ur time bad manners !!

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  55. Nice watch Cherubin, to bad you won't be needing it where you're going...

    PS, don't drop the soap.

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  56. Stupid punk. You failed to represent your country well.

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  57. He squandered an opportunity someone else more deserving could have had. He will have sufficient time now to reflect on the golden opportunity he lost for himself, family and other ST. Lucians. His only other chance at life in America after his release, is from the movies.

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  58. Tought luck guys.
    A man must
    eat

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    • He was given the opportunity to eat and either he got greedy or stupid or both. Total waste of time and energy of all those who helped him, and then we will hear from him about ghetto story. Ah bare idiot story him be.

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  59. Sad news all the time! We may be hungry but we don't have to keep licking dogs vomit in exchange for peanuts! A good name is better than riches and one should remember that it is by the sweat of our brows we are entitled to eat bread. Freedom is a million times sweeter than being in jail. Lucian brothers keep you lives cool, calm and collect.That is the only way you will walk in style and fashion!!!

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  60. Giving us a bad name...smh!

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  61. Every where lucians go they spiling st lucia name. Making things hard for every other person. Smh. Behave ull self man. Chopsss

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  62. They watching too much movies.. # contraband

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  63. What's life without risk?? hustler keep your head up my boy. That's life u can't get away all the time. Just do your time. CP

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  64. Gosh man!! You all people just intent on making life more difficult for others to follow.

    Very soon now, either the cruise ships will not hire any Saint Lucians, or have them stay on board at all times.

    And for you persons out there who are always quick to justify these actions by saying there are no jobs, or the economy is bad or government; please note that they were gainfully employed!!
    CHOOPS!!

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  65. LMAO dumb move ..

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  66. u get a opportunity to work on a ship n u going n do shate sigh

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  67. Aa! Vrai! U don't say?! Ik him so well# SAD

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  68. Leaving stlucia going to work on a cruise ship, trafficking drugs, cash and now in federal prision. Shame!!

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  69. *facepalm* WHY?!

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  70. Aa just so. Lucians carries their dirty habbits everywhere they go.

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