a friend of mine just came back from a cruise and said she saw somebody getting arrested as they got off the boat, and later found out it was because at debarkation everybody is screened to check for outstanding warrants or unpaid tickets from back home. I thought this was a little odd, does anybody know if this is even true??? We have a bet going as I don't think they do this..... any input would be great!
There is several possibilities here. 1) There could've been an arrest warrant out for the guy for something he did back home, 2) They found drugs in his bags or person,3) He did something wrong at one of the ports of call.
But for as parking tickets ? No ! What ever went down, it was serious for them to arrest him there.
In 2001, @ New Orleans terminal, we got to see the drug dog in action. As we where going into the luggage terminal,from the ship. The drug dog was standing at the corner of the walkway, by his patrol officer., and all of a sudden the dog started barking, and tring to corner a guy a few feet in front of us.. Then they escorted all of them away.
It most likely has something to do with the person having drugs in their possession or in their luggage. As for having an outstanding warrant, they wouldn't know that unless Immigration was alerted when they run the name upon re-entering the country and even then, you better believe it would have to be something very big and probably n a Federal level. Ther are not running an NCIC check at this time to my knowledge. If they are, good, those entered in that system need to be taken off the streets. Parking tickets, or other misdemeanors, no way.
I use to work at the port of Tampa, I have seen many arrests for drugs, outstanding arrests, etc,,, and this was before 9/11. Law enforcement has a captive audience with people getting on/ off cruise ships.
We went on a Mex Riv cruise last June...on debarkation we saw a man being taken off the ship in handcuffs. I asked our room steward and he said that there was a young man being held on board for possession of drugs. That was probably him. He said that it happens from time to time. People think they can buy drugs inexpensively without getting caught.......they can't.
I'm a detective here in New Orleans. All passengers aren't checked to see if they have warrants, because thats a totally independent computer system that you'd have to run them through (its call NCIC and ARMS). Don't believe the hype. There are no 'sweeps", but people are going to believe what they want.
Quick story, which relates to this thread: One of the detectives I work with found out a guy had committed a string of burglaries, and when he went to look for him he found out the guy was on a cruise out of here in New Orleans. The detective found out when the ship was returning and was there to "greet" him.
And on a sidenote, there aren't "quota's" on traffic tickets either. In case you thought there were. ; )
Two years ago in Galveston I was on the Jubilee and a guy right in front of me was going through customs and every thing was going well untill he put his hands on his luggage. Then all hell broke loose and cops came out of the woodwork and swept that guy away. I guess people don't pay attention to the dogs that are brought on board or that roam the customs area. Not very smart to buy drugs in a another country and expect to bring them here for any reason. The dealers will turn you in for a reward and the cops will be waiting for you. What a way to end a vacation.
Mike, whenever I was accused of having to make a quota writing thickets I honestly told them that there was no quota and I could write as many as I wanted. Usually worked to keep them quite in case I might find something else to cite them on.
I would suspect marijuana was detected on that person. I've been to many islands in the Caribbean where natives freely advertise their "goods". Some people might think it's ok to pick some up and bring it home as a souvenir.
JIM.......LMAO...............great one. May I offer another? I was writing a ticket for a woman in her NEW Lexus with her thousands of dollars of jewelry on. She DRIPPED of attitude. Anyway, she says, "I thought police officers didn't write tickets to attractive women." I looked up and said, "We don't. Sign here."
ROTFLMAO!! Oh God I wish I had thought of that and been given an opportunity to use it. So many memories of funny things that have happened if you tell people who have not been a Police Officer they find it hard to believe some of these 'war stories' but we know, they are all true! <VBG>