Cruise ship passengers say they have been tricked into cocaine smuggling

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Nothing ruins a holiday like being arrested for drug trafficking.

An elderly British couple has been accused of drug trafficking and faces up to 12 years imprisonment if convicted. They claim that a mysterious business man has deceived them, but the authorities do not buy it.

Roger and Sue Clarke were arrested last December, reports The Sun. The authorities would have discovered nine kilos of cocaine hidden inside four traveling suitcases in their cabin on a cruise ship near Lisbon, Portugal.

The couple states, however, that they were not aware of the drugs. According to them, a Jamaican man named Lee paid for their cruises and simply asked them to collect "empty" crates from an intermediary. They also claimed that Lee asked them to buy exotic fruits for him.

The couple had previously been sentenced in 2010 for cannabis resin traffic near Norway.

In the present case, the authorities believe that the couple has repeatedly contacted drug trafficking organizations from 2017 to 2018.

According to the authorities, Roger, 72, and Sue, 71, lived about $ 1106 a month, but were somehow able to afford to spend about $ 32,775 on luxury cruises over a two-year period. A diary kept by the couple revealed that he had traveled to Brazil, Cuba and the Caribbean.

The couple is expected to appear in court in Lisbon on Tuesday, where they are expected to deny the charges. Reportedly, the couple has been in custody since their arrest in December. If found guilty, they could face up to 12 years in prison.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and has been reproduced with permission

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