Pensioners Jailed For Smuggling Cocaine On Cruise

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

You're never too old to do what you want in life.

A British couple aged 72 years old have been jailed for eight years by a Portuguese court for smuggling drugs while on a cruise.

Roger and Sue Clarke were caught attempting to smuggle 9kg of cocaine last year – that's an estimated street value of $1.6 million.

The couple, from the town of Bromley in South East London, were on the Cruise & Maritime Voyages ship Marco Polo which was sailing from the Caribbean to Europe.

A raid on their cabin as the vessel docked in Lisbon found the Class A drugs in the lining of four suitcases.

The judge dismissed the couple's story that they had been given empty suitcases in Saint Lucia to bring to the U.K. for a friend, and said she was determined not to let Portugal become a gateway to Europe for drugs.

"You are not drug users," Judge Margarida Alves said. "You clearly did this because of the high profits you could make."

As she sentenced them to eight years, Mrs. Clarke began crying, while her husband turned to her and said "we will be 80 when we get out."

It wasn't the couple's first foray into the drug smuggling business. In 2010 they were jailed in Norway for trafficking 240kg of cannabis.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.



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