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Cruise Passengers Arrested After Smuggled Marijuana Found in Wheelchairs

July 12, 1992

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Two passengers on a cruise ship returning from Jamaica were arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 58 pounds of marijuana in their wheelchairs, authorities said Sunday.

Eugene Broadhead, 35, of Hollywood, Fla., and Dorothy Bromfield, 52, of New York, were arrested Saturday when the vessel, Crown Monarch, sailed into West Palm Beach, said Cliff Stallings, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs Service in Miami.

″Although Broadhead evidently had been faking a wheelchair-bound injury, Bromfield was believed to have actually been disabled to some extent,″ Stallings said.

The pair weree arrested on drug smuggling charges and handed over to Palm Beach County sheriff’s officials.

The marijuana was wrapped in tape that was contoured to fit the wheelchair seat and back cushions, which customs inspectors believe had been designed especially to accommodate it.

Broadfield was being held on $1,500 bond at the Palm Beach County Jail Sunday. Bromfield was taken into sheriff’s custody Saturday. Her status Sunday regarding the charges was not immediately available, jail officials said.

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