A BRIT couple arrested on a cruise liner with £1million of cocaine face 12 years behind bars after being charged with drug smuggling.
Roger Clarke, 72, and wife Sue, 71, were arrested when their UK-bound cruise ship docked in Lisbon from the Bahamas in December last year.
The charges come as prosecutors admit they have been unable to identify the drug lords who “recruited” the couple, The Daily Record reported.
Portuguese prosecutors reportedly shelved their probe into who was behind the plot.
Prosecutors said: “Despite all inquiries carried out to identify the people believed to have recruited them, it has not been possible to discover these individuals’ full identities.
“The suspects acted together with the purpose of receiving and carrying the cocaine and the objective of handing it over to a third party for money.”
The Brit couple, of St Mary’s Cray near Bromley, Kent, are now expected to remain behind bars as they await their trial.
Ex-lorry driver Roger and former secretary Sue were held in Lisbon on December 4 last year after their UK-bound ship docked from the Bahamas.
Undercover cops raided the couple’s cabin as their MC Marco Polo liner docked in the Portuguese capital, allegedly finding cocaine hidden in false bottoms of their suitcases.
Almost 9 kilos of the class-A drug were allegedly found hidden inside four suitcases in their cabin.
It has been claimed the police were acting on a tip-off from Brit cops.
The raid unfolded on the penultimate stop of the couple’s 33-day £3000-a-head transatlantic cruise.
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It was alleged that Roger left the boat in St Lucia and returned with four new suitcases, bragging to fellow passengers that he got a great deal on them.
The couple had been living in Spain at the time of their arrest.
Under Portuguese law the crime they have been charged with carries a prison sentence of up to 12 years.
The couple’s cabin was searched when cruise ship, the Marco Polo docked in Portugal’s capital[/caption]
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