Four women sentenced to prison for using cruise ship to smuggle cocaine

Orlando, Fla, -- Four women were sentenced to prison for smuggling cocaine inside their bras and girdles after arriving in Port Canaveral from a cruise, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

In May 2016, Lakisha Abney and her co-conspirators, Shawnta Aiken, Ciera Bryant, and Shenique Milbourne, traveled to Jamaica aboard a commercial cruise ship.  Upon arriving in Jamaica, Abney coordinated a meeting with an individual who provided the four women with more than six kilograms of cocaine concealed in bras and underwear.  Abney paid the individual for the cocaine and the four women returned to the cruise ship with the cocaine concealed under their dresses in the bras and underwear they were provided.  The women concealed the drugs in the cabin they shared for the remainder of the cruise. When the cruise ship returned to Port Canaveral, Abney and her co-conspirators departed the ship and entered the customs area of the port with the cocaine concealed in their bras and underwear.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers identified the cocaine during screenings and cnoducted searches of the four passengers. 

Aiken, Bryant, and Milbourne previously pleaded guilty and have been sentenced for their roles in the case. Aiken was sentenced to two years in federal prison, Bryant was sentenced to one year and ten months in federal prison, and Milbourne was sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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