Two seventy-year-olds have been arrested after $2.5 million of cocaine is found in their suitcases
When people are past retirement age, they often decide to go on vacation a lot more. Once they no longer have to worry about taking time off work, suddenly old age pensioners have far more incentive to jet off to parts unknown and sunnier climes. Maybe they want to visit the Florida Everglades, or go on a ski trip to the alps, or even play it safe with a cruise down Benidorm. Whatever they decide, you can bet that it's likely to be a hell of a lot more relaxed than the sort of holidays that youngsters go on. There'll be no promiscuous sex, beach parties, and drug taking for the over-60s.
... Or so you might have thought, until now. It turns out that at least two members of the older generarion have managed to land themselves in seriously hot water during a trip abroad, after Portuguese police arrested a British couple in their seventies (neither of whom have been named yet) after they discovered that they were carrying $2.5 million worth of cocaine in their suitcases; the ecquivilent of almost nine kilograms!
The Portuguese police authorities have released a statement concerning the arrest, in which they wrote: "The Policia Judiciaria's National Drugs Trafficking Unit has identified and arrested a foreign couple who were travelling on a cruise line doing a circuit which took in the Caribbean and Europe. They were arrested on suspicion of international drugs trafficking."
They added: "The operation, which took place with the support of the Maritime Police, was the result of the permanent exchange of information and cooperation that exists between the PJ and the British forces of law and order, specifically the National Crime Agency."
"The arrests occurred after the ship had reached Lisbon Port's cruise terminal and after a search of the cabin the suspects were using, where four suitcases with a high amount of cocaine hidden inside was seized. The suspects, who are aged 70 and 72, were questioned as suspects or arguidos before being remanded in prison. The investigation by the PJ and UK authorities is ongoing."
Meanwhile, Vitor Ananais, leader of the sting operation for the Policia Judiciaria, stated: "The man and the woman are English although they don't live in England but in another European country. I can't say which country at the moment because the investigation is ongoing and I don't want to compromise what we are doing."
He added: "The arrests took place on December 4. We knew who were looking for and boarded the cruise ship with a search warrant. The drugs were hidden in false bottoms in the suitcases and were distributed evenly among the four cases in the cabin. There were nine kilos seized in total."
So there you have it: turns out that two OAPs are more than capable of breaking bad, and ending up banged up abroad. I'm not sure they'll be able to afford bail on a state pension.