British couple arrested on suspicion of smuggling cocaine on board cruise liner


Two British nationals have been arrested on the holiday island of Madeira on suspicion of smuggling £2 million pounds worth of cocaine aboard a luxury cruise liner.

The pair, were amongst 12 people, who were detained when the cruise ship, the MSC Opera, docked at Funchal en route from the Caribbean on March 24.

Local police assisted by members of Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) recovered around 18 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of £2 million.

The cocaine had been hidden in crisp packets and ceramic bowls which had been stashed in suitcases.

Six of those arrested had been passengers on board the vessel when it travelled from the West Indies to Madeira. 

The other six, including the two Britons, and a Dutch national who lives in London, had  recently travelled to Madeira, where it is suspected they were due to meet the ship when it docked.


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