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Cruise ship cocaine smuggler jailed for £1.7m stash

A man has been jailed for his part in a plot to smuggle cocaine with an estimated street value of £1.7m into the UK on board a luxury cruise ship.

Claudie Anglin, of The Doweries, Rubery, Birmingham, was sentenced to 10 and a half years after admitting smuggling 20kg (44lbs) of cocaine.

Southampton Crown Court heard Anglin, 28, was arrested waiting for four drug mules at Southampton cruise terminal.

They had collected the drugs from St Lucia while posing as tourists.

Officials uncovered cocaine strapped to their bodies when they returned to Southampton on board the Arcadia cruise liner.

Anglin was arrested as he waited for them in the car park outside the Hampshire port.

The four couriers were also jailed for their part in the smuggling plot when they appeared before the same court in January 2009.

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