An elderly British couple have been jailed for eight years by a Portuguese court for drug smuggling on a cruise ship.
Roger and Sue Clarke, both 72, were caught last year while attempting to smuggle 9kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of £1 million.
The couple, from Bromley in London, were on the CMV 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.
Judge Margarida Alves dismissed the couple’s story they were duped into bringing the cases for a friend.
The judge said she was determined not to let Portugal become a gateway to Europe for drugs.
The couple had previously been jailed in Norway for trafficking 240kg of cannabis in 2010.
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