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P&O Cruises Drug Smugglers Plead Guilty

December 15, 2008
Four Brits arrested in October for trying to smuggle cocaine into the United Kingdom aboard P&O Cruises' Arcadia pleaded guilty today, according to a report from the Times Online.

The passengers -- three women and one man -- were caught with about 20 kilos of cocaine, worth roughly £1.7 million, strapped to their bodies. Arcadia was returning to Southampton after a 23-night cruise to the Caribbean.

The four will be remanded in custody until their sentencing on 16 January.

Cases of individuals simultaneously vacationing and smuggling drugs are not unheard of. In April of this year, a cocaine bust took place aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas during a 10-night Panama Canal cruise. In 2004, police in Tampa arrested 52 people involved in an operation in which -- you guessed it -- crack cocaine was being smuggled into New Orleans via cruise ship.

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor

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