Retired Brit expat drug smuggler rushed from Portuguese prison to hospital

Published:  14 Dec at 6 PM
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The British retired expat arrested for cocaine smuggling along with her husband has been rushed from jail to a nearby Portuguese hospital.

Sue Clarke has been rushed from Lisbon’s Tires women’s prison to hospital after she suffered a hypertension crisis feared to have caused organ damage due to abnormally high blood pressure. She and her husband were being held on suspicion of drug offences and had been remanded in custody awaiting trial. Her condition isn’t yet known, as officials aren’t able to be reached for comments, and it’s also unclear as to whether her husband has been informed of his wife’s emergency hospitalisation.

Earlier this month, the British expat pensioner was arrested along with her husband on suspicion of smuggling nine kilos of cocaine. The pair had visited St Lucia as part of a 33-day Caribbean cruise, with police planning to arrest them when the cruise ship docked in Madeira’s capital Funchal, but were prevented from doing so due to bad weather forcing a re-route. Lisbon was the last stop before the cruise ship arrived in London’s Tilbury port, with police suspecting the £2 million street value drugs were intended to be delivered to drug traffickers in the capital.

The couple had been living in the Costa Blanca town of Gaudamar del Segura close to Alicante, and had hidden the drugs in the false bottoms of four suitcases they’d bought during a stop-off on the cruise. The arrests were the result of a tip-off by British police, who’d been investigating international drugs trafficking between the UK, Spain and the Caribbean. According to their neighbours in ,Gaurdamar del Segura, Roger Clarke had boasted about having spent time in a British jail for cigarette smuggling.
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