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Police raid cruiser but guest safety ‘not compromised’

April 20, 2016 Headline News No Comments Print Print Email Email

A Kimberley cruise company says the safety of passengers has never been compromised, despite the skipper and part-owner of its luxury vessel being charged with intending to deal drugs that police found aboard.

Police raided the Kimberley Quest II as it was docked in Wyndham a week ago.

Broome and Kununurra detectives arrested a 55-year-old man after a search warrant was executed on the vessel.

Northern Territory police used a drug dog to complete the search.

Image supplied by WA Police

Image supplied by WA Police

Part-owner Jeff Ralston, 55, who also acts as skipper of the luxury cruiser, has been charged with intent to sell or supply a prohibited drug.

In Broome Magistrate’s Court on Monday this week, the matter was adjourned until 22 July 2016, with bail continued.

A police statement issued after the raid alleged a number of clip seal bags of methylamphetamine  (sometimes known as ‘ice’) weighing about 28 grams and other drug paraphernalia were located inside the cabin area of the vessel.

In a written statement quoted by ABC News, the company Kimberley Quest said the business had an unblemished safety record extending back more than two decades.

“We are confident that at no time has the safety of our guests been compromised,” the statement said.

Ralston had been due to captain a coastal cruise departing Wyndham on Tuesday last week, according to ABC News. It said a replacement captain had been brought in to take over the trip, which departed as scheduled.

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