British grandma jailed for smuggling cocaine on cruise dies in agony in ...

British grandma jailed for smuggling cocaine on cruise dies in agony in ...
British grandma jailed for smuggling cocaine on cruise dies in agony in ...

A British grandmother to eight who smuggled £1 million worth of cocaine on a cruise ship with her husband has died in agony in a rat-infested Portuguese jail.

Retired secretary Susan Clarke, 72, died of breast cancer last Sunday after being allowed a final visit from partner Roger, 73, who was locked up in a separate prison, The Mirror has reported. 

The couple, from Chatham in Kent, were sentenced to eight years behind bars in September 2019. 

A source told The Mirror Susan died alone and 'in pain' after suffering a lump in her throat which prevented her from speaking. 

Susan Clarke and husband Roger were jailed in 2019 for smuggling cocaine on a cruise

Susan Clarke and husband Roger were jailed in 2019 for smuggling cocaine on a cruise

 'She was handed a life sentence – left to die in a foreign prison with no loved ones around her', they said. 

'Four weeks ago she was given one last visit with Roger. They saw each other through a Perspex window. 

 'She was in so much pain. Roger seems to think they had won a battle to come back to the UK to, so he's devastated that she wasn't well enough to make the move.' 

The grandparents were arrested after police found 20lb of cocaine in the linings of four suitcases, during their journey on the Marco Polo liner from the Caribbean to Lisbon. 

Susan Clarke and husband Roger were jailed for smuggling Class A drugs on a cruise from the Caribbean to Portugal

Susan Clarke and husband Roger were jailed for smuggling Class A drugs on a cruise from the Caribbean to Portugal

Prosecutors described the couple as drug mules who had smuggled drugs into the UK on four cruises in two years making thousands of pounds each trip, according to The Mirror. 

Susan had been living in Lisbon's EP Tires prison, which is home to murderers, sharing a small cell with four other women. 

Half a year after her sentencing, Susan told The Mirror she

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