Later, a drug-sniffing dog gave a positive signal to Quesenberry’s luggage, where officers found 56 vacuum-sealed bags containing a “green, leafy substance,” the affidavit states. The substance was tested and confirmed to be marijuana, the affidavit states.
The court document says Quesenberry claimed the drugs were for personal use and that he had a medical marijuana card.
After discovering the apparent contraband, law enforcement then located Minami at the ship’s bar and escorted her to her room — where 56 more bags were found, according to the affidavit.
He adds that his luggage also included two suitcases, a carry-on bag and a backpack.
The packages seized weighed 71.9 kilograms, or 158 pounds, the affidavit states.
“In my training and experience, drug traffickers are increasingly turning to exporting marijuana from the United States to England, due to the higher price of marijuana in England,” said the DHS special agent in his affidavit.
Quesenberry and Minami have pleaded not guilty to four drug-related charges. They were released on bail of $250,000 and $150,000 respectively and returned their passports.
If convicted on all counts, they each face up to 80 years in prison, or $4 million in fines.
In a statement to USA Today, a Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson said: “The safety and security of our guests is, as always, our top priority. As such, Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to confiscate any item on the prohibited items list. and can inform the authorities if necessary.