Cruise passenger charged with opium trafficking

JSO: Marty Hall arrested at JAXPORT after cruise ship returns from Bahamas

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Marty Hall
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Marty Hall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A cruise ship passenger was arrested Thursday after coming back from the Bahamas with two pill boxes of codeine, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. 

Marty Hall, 26, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is charged with trafficking in opium. 

According to his arrest report, a JSO officer who was working off-duty at the JAXPORT Carnival cruise line terminal said a Customs and Border Protection officer's K-9 named Donna alerted police to Hall. 

CBP also engage in law enforcement duties at cruise terminals because of its status.

The suspect was questioned and told police that while he was in the Bahamas, he purchased 33 codeine pills, and a mortar and pestle to grind up the pills so he could snort them.

Police said he did not have a prescription for codeine. 

Hall was booked into the Duval County Jail. He posted his $25,000 bond Friday afternoon.