Two more jailed over cruise ship drug smuggling plot

Image caption The drugs seized on the cruise ship had an estimated street value of £1.4m

Two more eastern Europeans have been jailed for their part in trying to smuggle 35kg (5.5 stone) of cocaine into the UK on board a cruise ship.

The women - from Bulgaria and Lithuania - were each jailed for 10-and-a-half years at Canterbury Crown Court.

On Friday, six other eastern Europeans were jailed for a total of 87 years.

The group posed as passengers on the MSC Orchestra which arrived in Dover last May en route to Amsterdam from Brazil.

UK Border Agency officers found a number of "bodysuits" designed to be worn under outer clothing with packets of drugs stitched into them.

The drugs seized had an estimated street value of £1.4m.

Seven pleaded guilty and an eighth was convicted after a trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

Two Bulgarian men, two Bulgarian women, three Lithuanian men and one Lithuanian woman were charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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