Feds sniff out cocaine cache on cruise ship 

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During a routine search of passenger cabins on a cruise ship docked in San Francisco last month, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said it uncovered 28.6 pounds of cocaine that allegedly belonged to three foreigners.

Federal immigration and Homeland Security agents arrested Australian Ahmed Rachin and New Zealanders Tony Wilkinson and Kirstie Harris after the discovery at Pier 35 on Jan. 25.

The cruise ship, which had arrived from Curacao, was searched by local and federal agencies as part of a joint operation. During a “routine inspection of the vessel’s cabins,” seven packages of cocaine weighing about 15 pounds were found in Rachin’s quarters, authorities said Tuesday.

About 11 more pounds of the drug were found in a suitcase in a cabin occupied by Wilkinson and Harris, authorities said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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