Gina Marie Van Scheppingen, aka DJ Gina Turner, was arrested while attempting to board Holy Ship! this weekend. The disc jockey was booked into the Brevard County jail with charges of one felony count of cocaine possession and two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
She was given a $15,000 bond. Some of the other individuals who were arrested trying to board the ship with drugs weren’t as lucky, two even being denied bail.
Police dogs trained for the detection of drugs were rumored to have been present at Port Canaveral, Florida. In some cases, such as the numerous arrests that took place during Okeechobee in 2016, have been thrown out because of unethical searches. 40 cases were dropped because Florida police illegally searched patrons who were intending on entering the festival.
The DJ is a long time performer of Holy Ship!, she even announced her engagement with Laidback Luke on the cruise in 2012, where the duo performed several B2B sets. In May of last year they took to Facebook where Gina posted, “Laidback Luke and I have decided to “No longer be married” but made promises to focus on giving their daughter, EvaLina, two happy parents. Gina is also a Yogi, who even teaches a class on the cruise #YogaWithGina.
As a performer and a parent, people should hold themselves to a higher standard. Not that any of us are ever in a place to make judgments on the next person, because we simply do not know what someone is going through in their life, but its unfortunate that her decisions will greatly affect her daughter, as well as her fans.
As a community, as a family, it’s imperative that we all become aware of what your rights are if you are found in this predicament. Yes, you still have them, even if the event states that ticketholders are subject to searches.