British grandad, 78, held in Colombia for allegedly trying to smuggle 9KG of cocaine out of the country

A BRIT held in Colombia for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine out of the country “deserves everything he gets” if he is guilty, his daughter says.

Grandfather Vincent Ruocco, 78, was arrested at Bogota’s El Dorado Airport after police claimed to have found 9kg of the drug hidden amongst wooden nail files in his luggage.

Grandfather Vincent Ruocco, 78, was arrested at Bogota’s El Dorado Airport after police claimed to have found 9kg of cocaine in his luggage

The former school caretaker, of Brighton, has been locked up since September.

But his daughter Pamela, 42, of Manchester, said: “If he’s done this, he deserves everything he gets.

“Anyone who can spread drugs around the world is potentially killing people and should go to prison.

“If my dad hasn’t done this then I’ll stand by him.”

Pamela and her father have not been in contact and she has been kept up to date by the Foreign Office.

Vincent has been in trouble with drugs before. In 2014 he arrived at Heathrow from Togo with 2.5kg of cocaine in his luggage.

But the CPS did not present evidence in court and he was cleared.

Pamela said the trips to Togo and Colombia were out of the ordinary for her father.

She added: “It was just those two places.”

Former school caretaker Vincent, of Brighton, has been locked up in Columbia since September

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