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A British pensioner serving an eight-year sentence for smuggling £ 1 million of cocaine on a cruise ship said she fears dying behind bars. Susan Clarke, 71, is imprisoned in the maximum security prison in Portugal EP Tires and is now waiting for the biopsy results after finding a lump in her left breast. Kent’s eight-year-old grandmother has become fragile and has lost more than two and a half stones since she was convicted with her husband Roger, 72.
She told the Sunday People: ‘We were made an example of but I’ve been handed a death sentence. My worry is that I’ll never be free and I’ll be leaving here in a box.’
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Susan clark is 71 years old.
Three judges convicted retired chef Mr Clarke and his ex-secretary wife of drugs trafficking after a one-day trial at Lisbon’s main criminal court.
They were told they will serve their sentences in Portugal instead of being sent back to Britain to do their jail time as a state prosecutor had requested.
The pair, who had been living in Spain, were arrested on board cruise liner Marco Polo on December 4, 2018, by Portuguese police acting on a tip-off from Britain’s National Crime Agency.
They discovered 9lbs of cocaine hidden inside the lining of four suitcases Mr Clarke had been handed in St Lucia.
Bromley-born Mr Clarke, insisted he had no idea the cocaine was hidden in the lining of four suitcases picked up on the paradise island of St Lucia.
Clarke told the court he was taking the suitcases back to the UK for a friend called Lee who had promised to pay him £800 and bragged he could sell them for a massive profit at upmarket stores such as Harrods.
Mr Clarke, who held hands with his wife when they learned of his destiny through a translator, whispered: ‘Jesus Christ, he didn’t expect more than four years. I’ll be 80 when all this is over. During the trial, Clarke also confirmed that both had served prison sentences in Norway after being convicted in 2010 of traffic of 240 kilos of cannabis resin. He said he had made a first drug operation to settle debts and was forced to do more with his wife as coverage after being threatened with violence by gangster payers if he stopped. The smuggler, who was born Roger Button but changed his last name to Clarke after finishing his prison sentence, was jailed for almost five years and Susan for three years and nine months. Portuguese prosecutors say they believe the Clarkes were earning between £ 18,000 and £ 26,500 plus extras per cruise they took to smuggle drugs into Europe. The NCA of Great Britain said they believed the couple planned to unload cocaine in Portugal, but Judicial Police inspector Carla Nunes said in her trial that she thought the final destination was the United Kingdom.