Federal Contractor Busted Attempting To Smuggle Ecstasy, GHB Aboard Gay Cruise In Miami





Two tourists from Washington, D.C., were arrested Sunday by Homeland Security agents as they prepared to board a gay cruise ship at Port Miami with a suitcase full of illegal drugs, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, a Homeland Security special agent intercepted emails from Peter Melendez, 35, who is a government contractor, and Robert Koehler, 27, discussing their plan to smuggle the drugs onto the Atlantis Events cruise ship in Miami and distribute the drugs to people once they were on board, reports Miami’s Local 10.



Police said the emails were intercepted through Melendez’s government-issued computer.

A K-9 by the name of Bill was doing a routine check of passengers when it alerted its handler to the luggage of both suspects.

Authorities confiscated 27 grams of MDMA, more commonly referred to as Ecstacy, 18 grams of Ketamine, 246 grams of GHB, which is often referred to as a date-rape drug and Viagra, reports the Miami Herald.

Both men were charged with illegal drug trafficking. Melendez faces an additional charge of conspiracy to traffic MDMA.