More drugs found on P&O Aurora

//More drugs found on P&O Aurora

A British passenger on P&O’s cruise ship Aurora has been arrested in Australia as he attempted to smuggle 30 kilograms of cocaine ashore.
A sniffer dog called Sherlock is reported to have alerted customs officers to Ronald Fletcher, 59, who was held last Friday at Sydney’s Circular Quay. Police discovered several silver packages inside a wetsuit he was wearing under his clothes, and another 25 packages were found in suitcases in his cabin.
Fletcher appeared at Sydney Central Local Court today, charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug. Bail was refused and the case was adjourned until April 18. The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of A$825,000 (£560,000).
It was the third drug haul uncovered on Aurora inside a month. American authorities detained an Australian and two New Zealanders when the ship visited San Francisco on January 25. It is not known whether there is any connection between those arrested.
When Ahmed Rachid was detained, he admitted buying 7kg of cocaine in the Caribbean island of Curacao. Following his arrest, authorities searched a cabin occupied by Kirsty Harris, 25, and Tony Wilkinson, 42, a New Zealand club-owner, who appeared in court on January 31 and was remanded in custody until May 3.

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:53+00:00 22 February 2012|Cruise News|0 Comments

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