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Seven Arrested in Cruise Ship Drug Bust

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Two cruise shipsFour passengers on a British cruise ship sailed into a jail sentence Sunday after being discovered smuggling millions of dollars worth of drugs.

A total of seven people were arrested yesterday when British customs agents raided P&O’s Arcadia shortly after it docked in Southampton.

Four of those apprehended were discovered with a total of about 66 pounds of cocaine strapped to their bodies.

The other three suspects were arrested while waiting for the ship to arrive.

The drugs have a street value of approximately $2.1 million. A spokeswoman for P&O Cruises said it was the first time she had heard of passengers being arrested for cocaine smuggling on any of the company’s ships.

The Arcadia, which is one of P&O’s largest ships with a capacity of more than 2,000 passengers, was returning to England after a 23-day trip to the Caribbean.

It stopped at ports such as Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada and Barbados, although it is not known at this time which island may have been the source of the cocaine.

Related Links: MSNBC, USA Today, Reuters, The Times (UK)

By Karen Elowitt for

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