Brit gran jailed for £1m cocaine smuggling plot moans about ‘very hard’ prison conditions in Portuguese jail where nobody speaks English’

Brit gran jailed for £1m cocaine smuggling plot moans about ‘very hard’ prison conditions in Portuguese jail where nobody speaks English’

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A BRIT grandmother jailed in Portugal over a £1million cocaine smuggling plot has moaned about the “very harsh” conditions in prison.

Sue Clarke, 71, complained that she is only given water to drink – and is annoyed that the guards in the Lisbon prison don’t speak English.

Roger Clarke, 72, and his wife Sue, 71, were caught with the nine kilos of cocaine in December last year
Roger Clarke, 72, and his wife Sue, 71, were caught with the nine kilos of cocaine in their cases

Police pictures show the suit cases being taken apart to show the hidden Cocaine in the Clarke's cabin
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Police pictures show the suit cases before being taken apart to show the hidden cocaine in the Clarke’s cabin[/caption]

She was arrested with husband Roger, 72, when cops found nine kilos of coke in the lining of four suitcases Roger was handed on St Lucia last December.

The couple were arrested on board the Marco Polo cruise liner.

In a letter to a friend, Sue wrote: “It’s very hard here, especially with the language difference.

“I’m in a room with four other women and only one speaks English. It is very cold. There is no heating at all.

MOANED AT ONE CUP OF TEA A DAY

“We only get one hot drink a day, with breakfast, then water with lunch and dinner.

“I can honestly say that we had no idea what was happening until the police in Portugal searched our luggage.

They had been in the middle of a dream £6,800 Caribbean cruise when Portuguese officials were tipped of by UK cops.

Retired chef Roger told a trial in Lisbon he had no idea drugs were in the cases and he was taking them back to the UK for a friend called ‘Lee’.

Clarke told the court ‘Lee’ was a UK-based Jamaican businessman who worked with an associate called ‘Dee,’ who he named in court as George Wilmot.

The ex-chef whispered to his wife in court: “Jesus Christ, I wasn’t expecting more than four” as they were sentenced and ordered to serve their sentences in Portugal.

Mr Clarke held hands with his wife as they learnt their fate through a translator before blurting out his shock at the length of his sentence.


Ex-secretary Sue, originally of Wellingborough, Northants., said she only knew her husband’s business associates socially and never accompanied him when he negotiated ‘fruit sales’.

Mr Clarke, originally of Kent, and mum-of-three Sue both served prison sentences in Norway after being convicted in 2010 for trafficking 240 kilos of cannabis resin.

Clarke said he got into drugs-running to clear debts and was made to do more with his wife as cover after being threatened with violence by gangster paymasters if he stopped.

Cops raided the Marco Polo and found the cocaine, which the Clarkes have blamed on a mystery businessman called Lee.

The Clarkes were arrested in December, 2018
The Clarkes, from Bromley, Kent, were arrested in December, 2018
The OAPs from Bromley, Kent were arrested on a cruise liner in Lisbon
The OAPs from Bromley, Kent were arrested on a cruise liner in Lisbon
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The couple will serve their time behind bars in Portugal
The couple will serve their time behind bars in Portugal
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Ex-chef Roger Clarke, 72, and his wife Sue, 71, arrive at court in Lisbon to be sentenced[/caption]

The drugs were found in the lining of the cases
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The drugs were found in the lining of the cases (see above)[/caption]

The cases were ripped apart by cops
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