Two men boarding the same cruise as “Storm Chasers” star Joel Taylor were arrested with huge amounts of drugs before the ship even left port, including ecstasy and Ketamine.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s arrest report, officers responded Saturday to the Port Everglades Terminal where Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas was preparing to push off for a 7-day trip.
Officers say that after a cabin search of passengers Nicholas Andrew Bian and Noel Antonio Gonzalez it was discovered the two men brought a ton of illegal drugs on board.
Bian was found in possession of 25 ecstasy pills and arrested for 1 felony count of trafficking MDMA. Gonzalez was found in possession of ecstasy and a baby powder container filled with 7.87 grams of Ketamine. He was charged with 2 felony counts, possession with intent to sell for the Ecstasy and possession of a controlled substance for the Ketamine.
Both men were transported to the local jail.
The arrests are relevant, because it is not yet known how 38-year-old Joel Taylor suddenly died on board, and criticism is being drawn to the week long cruise ship where drug use was allegedly abundant.
Royal Caribbean, the owner of the ship, has a zero tolerance drug policy on board. However, the ship was chartered by a private company at the time. Atlantis Events, who chartered the boat and are responsible for the event, have yet to comment on the situation.
The Blast broke the story, Taylor was discovered dead Tuesday as his cruise ship docked in San Juan Puerto Rico. His body was taken off the ship for an autopsy at the Puerto Rico Institute of Forensic Sciences.