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US News British pensioners jailed for smuggling cocaine on luxury cruise liner

07:50  27 september  2019
07:50  27 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

British pensioners accused of smuggling cocaine on cruise ship

British pensioners accused of smuggling cocaine on cruise ship An elderly British couple accused of smuggling cocaine on a luxury cruise spent thousands of pounds on trips abroad - but court documents suggest they were unable to afford them. Roger Clarke, 72, and his wife Sue, 71, claim they were tricked into smuggling 9kg (20lbs) of cocaine which was found in their luggage by Portuguese authorities last December. The retirees are facing up to 12 years in prison if convicted of drug trafficking at a trial in Lisbon. Experts have valued the drugs haul at about £1m.

An elderly British couple have been sentenced to eight years in prison for smuggling cocaine worth £1m on a luxury cruise ship. A Portuguese court convicted Roger Clarke, 72, and his wife Sue, 71, despite their claims they had been duped into transporting the haul by a Jamaican businessman.

An elderly British couple accused of smuggling cocaine on a luxury cruise spent thousands of pounds on trips abroad - but court documents © Other The couple were travelling on the cruise liner MC Marco Polo. Pic: Cruise and Maritime Voyages A 2018 diary which was seized from Sue Clarke's

a man in glasses looking at the camera: The couple claimed they were tricked by a Jamaican businessman © Other The couple claimed they were tricked by a Jamaican businessman An elderly British couple have been sentenced to eight years in prison for smuggling cocaine worth £1m on a luxury cruise ship.

A Portuguese court convicted Roger Clarke, 72, and his wife Sue, 71, despite their claims they had been duped into transporting the haul by a Jamaican businessman.

The judge said the couple were "fully aware" they were smuggling cocaine and "only accepted to do it because of high profits".

They said Portugal is often used as a major entry point for cocaine and other drugs to Europe.

Mr and Mrs Clarke held hands and cried after the decision, saying they wanted people to know the "real story".

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By Catarina Demony LISBON (Reuters) – A Portuguese court jailed a British pensioner couple for eight years on Thursday for smuggling nine The judge said the court had taken into consideration not only the “devastating effects (of cocaine ) on people’s lives” but also Portugal being often used as

Police arrested the couple last December in Lisbon after they were tipped off by the National Crime Agency.

During a search of the Clarkes' cabin on board the MC Marco Polo cruise liner, investigators found 9kg (20lbs) of cocaine "ingeniously concealed" within four suitcases.

a close up of a glass door: Roger and Sue Clarke have been convicted of smuggling cocaine on a cruise ship © Reuters Roger and Sue Clarke have been convicted of smuggling cocaine on a cruise ship

They told officers they had been fooled into transporting the drugs by a man named Lee who had paid for their trip.

The retired couple were not able identify the mystery man or provide any contact information for him - a detail investigators found suspicious.

Court papers showed the pair, from Bromley in Kent, had spent £18,000 on exotic cruises over a two-year period - despite the fact they were living on £885 a month after paying rent.

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A Portuguese court jailed a British pensioner couple for eight years on Thursday for smuggling nine kilos of cocaine into Europe in their luggage on The judge said the court had taken into consideration not only the “devastating effects (of cocaine ) on people’s lives” but also Portugal being often used as

British pensioners are charged with drug smuggling after being caught with £2MILLION of cocaine on cruise liner by Portuguese police. Roger, Sue's second husband, told expat neighbours he had been jailed in the past for smuggling cigarettes but it emerged after his arrest he and his wife had

a large ship in a body of water: The couple were travelling on the cruise liner MC Marco Polo. Pic: Cruise and Maritime Voyages © Other The couple were travelling on the cruise liner MC Marco Polo. Pic: Cruise and Maritime Voyages Police also seized a 2018 diary from Mrs Clarke's bedside which detailed the couple's extravagant trips.

One entry, referring to a trip which was never taken as the couple were behind bars, read: "12 March 2019. 16 days. Fly to Havana, Cuba. Cruise to Philipsburg, St Maarten; St John, Antigua and Barbados; Funchal, Madeira; Malaga, Alicante. Approx 4,000 pounds."

A Portuguese police report signed by police chief Carla Nunes said: There is no doubt Roger and Susan Clarke had contact with drugs trafficking organisations during two trips in 2017 and another they made in 2018.

"They were made to South America, to countries which were linked to the transport of cocaine to Europe.

"While they made their first trip at the beginning of 2017 by plane, they made subsequent trips on cruise ships which allowed them to carry a larger amount of drugs."

The Clarkes also had a previous conviction for a similar offence in Norway.

The couple's lawyer, Susana Paisana, said she will consider appealing against the verdict but the pair will remain in jail in Lisbon for now.

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