4 Cruisers Busted With Coke-Stuffed Girdles & Bras

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If you ever wonder who wears girdles these days, we have an answer for you. Drug smugglers. On a cruise ship.

4 women were arrested on charges of smuggling 6.7 kg of cocaine inside their bras and girdles after arriving in Port Canaveral from a cruise, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

Lakisha Abney, Shawnta Aiken, Ciera Bryant and Shenique Milbourne departed on a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise aboard Freedom of the Seas. When the ship arrived at Port Canaveral, Bryant was found with 5 vacuum-sealed packages of cocaine in her bra and girdle, agents said.

Officials said they decided to pat her down after asking Bryant, who was wearing a loose-fitting muumuu, whether she was travelling alone. Bryant said she had 3 companions, who officials noted were similarly dressed. The officials also said Bryant's voice and hands were shaking, and she was not making eye contact.

Agents found Abney, Aiken and Milbourne and escorted them into a baggage inspection area where officials conducted a pat-down and found several vacuum-sealed packages containing cocaine in each of the women’s bras and girdles.

According to an arrest affidavit, a man whom Milbourne knew offered her an opportunity for a free cruise with other women, which she accepted. Milbourne said she was under the impression that it was just a “girl’s trip.”

While in Jamaica on a port call, the women met a man who gave them the cocaine and the bras and girdles in which to hide the drugs, the report said.

The women had differing stories: 

  • Abney said a friend of hers booked the cruise, but she did not remember the person’s name.   
  • Aiken said she thought she was going on vacation and was told that she was going to be wearing a “gift” upon her return.
  • Bryant claimed that Abney offered her $2,000 to go on a cruise and bring back a “small gift.”
  • Milbourne said she did not sign up to be involved with drugs and did not know that she was going to be a ‘mule’ until they were out at sea.

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