Sunday, September 29, 2019

Elderly cocaine mules claim innocence - Convicted

Three judges convicted retired chef Roger Clarke, 72, and his ex-secretary wife Sue, 71, of drugs trafficking after a one-day trial at Lisbon’s main criminal court. They were jailed for eight years each. They will serve their sentences in Portugal instead of being kicked out of the country and sent back to Britain to do their jail time as a state prosecutor had requested.

Now Mrs Clarke has moaned about her conditions in jail, claiming she's being kept in an unheated cell with four other women. Clarke admitted in court she had been with her husband when they took the four cases containing the drugs onto their cruise ship.
An elderly British couple busted on a luxury cruise ship with $1.25m in cocaine are blaming a mysterious Jamaican businessman. Roger Clarke, 72, a former chef, and wife Sue, 71, a retired secretary, were arrested Dec. 4 in Lisbon when cops found 9 kg of the drug inside their luggage.
They were on a $8,500 Caribbean cruise, paid for by the mystery man.
The man instructed them to buy exotic fruit for sale in the UK, and then pick up “empty” new suitcases in St. Lucia from an unidentified middleman.

Their improbable tale becomes moreso after it came to light that they were convicted and imprisoned in 2010 for trafficking nearly 530 pounds of cannabis resin in Norway. The fixed income couple recently bought a villa in Spain. They also attempted to recruit their friends into being drug mules. They face up to 12 years behind bars if convicted of drug trafficking.