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- Posted on Jan 11th 2011 3:18PM by Brian Voerding
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The Jam Cruise, an annual six-day festival aboard the 2,550-passenger MSC Poesia, is one of several similarly themed cruises that promise a Bonnaroo-on-the-ocean kind of experience. This year, it showcased performances by the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Robert Randolph, Galactic, Taylor Hicks of 'American Idol' fame and funk saxophonist Maceo Parker.
But before any musician picked up an instrument, the ship, docked in Florida and headed for the western Caribbean, was raided by multiple federal agencies and the local sheriff's department, the Orlando Sun reports. The Jan. 4 raid turned up 15 seizures of illegal drugs, including Ecstasy, LSD, mushrooms and marijuana. The drugs were mostly discovered in small quantities, according to a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson.
Names of those arrested have not yet been released, and it's unknown whether any have been charged. The Jam Cruise left port following the raids and returned on Monday.