christopher middleton - Answered a Question by mcguire (20 Oct 08 10:54)

I have nothing but contempt for drug smugglers they should have been arrested at sea and made to walk the plank.

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mcdonnell - replied to christopher middleton (20 Oct 08 18:14)

I agree with you they should of been arrested at sea and tipped overboard they are the lowest of the lowe drug smugglers it makes you wonder were the drugs would of ended up, P & O will be very strict even more so now .

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stevens - replied to mcdonnell (20 Oct 08 18:26)

They are the lowest of the low and even though pets are not allowed on board P.O should have at least one sniffer dog on board when cruises are coming in from the caribbean. Those dogs are worth their weight in gold. More so their weight in drugs. Train some more, they are brilliant!

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mcdonnell - replied to stevens (20 Oct 08 21:24)

Also does anyone no how they train the sniffer dogs to smell the drugs out i have a pretty good idea but not sure if im right or wrong.

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stevens - replied to mcdonnell (21 Oct 08 16:02)

Not 100% sure, but think its all to do with their favourite toy, ball etc. Springer spaniels are the most favoured dogs because of their love for toys and balls etc. Its a case of putting the smell of the? substance on the toy and hiding it! These dogs love the praise and recognition when they find whatever has been hidden , all it is for the dogs is finding their toy and getting all the praise in the world from the handler. So it all becomes the dogs favourite game of finding it and getting fussed over, which in springer spaniel language is ACE! Would love to hear from an expert but with a little inside knowledge I think its not far off the mark.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by mcguire (20 Oct 08 11:16)

It's a pity it was Southampton & not Singapore!

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Turnbull - replied to Wilba (20 Oct 08 19:18)

Quite right Wilba, they would get their just desserts in Singapore, no pussy footing there, drug trafficking is a hanging offence and is carried out, no messing, which is probably why they don't have the widespread drug problem that we have in this country and very little other crime either. Commit a crime in Singapore and you are punished, no reprieves, no shortened sentences no mercy.

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Carnegie - replied to Wilba (20 Oct 08 21:32)

True Wilba, Singapore is a fantastic place to live, you can walk around at night without worrying of crime. Its a Pity the British Government dont go to them for Advice on how to deal with Drugs and Crime. Unless the Government ship all the Drug Pushers and criminals to a deserted Island Britain (NOT GB) will be over run with them and selling drugs on cruise ships will become common knowledge. they should be made to walk the Gang Plank if caught with drugs.

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Hunt - Answered a Question by mcguire (20 Oct 08 11:55)

The customs point is always closed when we get of qm2/qe2 at 7.30am making it a simple way for drug runners to get in. I cant think how they got it on the ship as all bags are searched and there have been drug dogs at most ports we have stopped at..

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Richard Okill - Answered a Question by mcguire (20 Oct 08 15:13)

Just pasted this in from the Southampton Echo. Reading between the lines these people were either being watched or were set up. Gosh, you never know who you may be sat with these days. Obviously not Portunus Club members! 'FOUR people have been remanded in custody on drug trafficking offences after £1.2m worth of cocaine was seized during a raid on a cruise ship. Customs officers swooped on P&O’s luxury ship Arcadia as it docked in Southampton at 6.30am yesterday and arrested seven people. Four of those arrested had a total of 30 kilos of cocaine strapped to their bodies, it was discovered. This morning they were charged with attempting to smuggle drugs and were remanded in custody after appearing before Southampton magistrates. Natalie Ellen Quinn, 26, of Grenville Walk, Rochdale, Calvin Neil Hylton, 41, of Ermington Drive, Manchester, Briony Marie Dyce, 25, of Brierley Street, Birmingham and Camille Danielle Dupee, 19, who has not given details of her address, are due to reappear before Southampton Magistrates' Court on October 27. Three others have been released on bail pending further investigations.' .

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