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Monday, February 24, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Security Officers Found Dead on the Ship Maersk Alabama

     Traces of narcotics and hypodermic needles found with bodies of two American security officers on the container ship Maersk Alabama suggested the deaths resulted from drug overdoses….Seychelles police identified the bodies found on February 18, 2014 as Jeffery Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44. They worked for the Trident Group, a Virginia-based maritime security services firm. Trident Group President Tom Rothrauff said both were former Navy SEALs….

     Police said an autopsy would be carried out early next week [February 24]. But the Seychelles government official, who spoke on condition of not being identified, said the presence of drug traces and paraphernalia "would suggest that their deaths were a result of drug overdose."…

     The 500-foot Maersk Alabama was the target of an attempted hijacking in the pirate-infested waters off East Africa in 2009--an incident that inspired the 2013 film "Captain Phillips."…Police said the ship arrived on February 16, 2014 in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, with a 24-man crew….The bodies were found by a colleague who had gone to check in on one of the men in a cabin at 4:30 AM….

Khushbu Shah, "Official: Drugs, Needles Found With Dead Officers on Maersk," CNN, February 21, 2014


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