Feds Raid Jam Band Cruise for Drugs

Passengers on a music festival cruise out of Florida, with acts including American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, and funk and jazz musician Maceo Parker, got more than music: They got raided by federal officials looking for drugs.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Migdalia Travis says the pier-side drug raid on the 2,550-passenger MSC Poesia, on Jan. 4, turned up 15 seizures of marijuana, LSD, mushrooms, hash oil, Ecstasy, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia in mostly small quantities.

Officials did not release the names of those arrested. There was no word on whether or not any musicians from the 44 acts onboard were busted in the raid.

Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S.Marshals Service, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward County Sheriff's Office participated in the raid, Travis said. Dog-sniffing dogs were also used.

The ship, chartered by Jam Cruise which runs the festival, now in its 9th year, later left on the five-night western Caribbean sailing, which returned to port yesterday.

The annual party cruise offers passengers an up close and personal opportunity to mix with a lineup of garage, soul, bluegrass and jam bands. This year's itinerary included stops in Hondurus and Mexico.

Jam Cruise is pre-booking for its 10th anniversary in 2012, so it looks like the beat goes on.

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