Two Canadian women accused of smuggling over $23 million worth of cocaine into Sydney, Autralia via a luxury cruise ship felt the need to document their exotic getaway on social media before being arrested over the weekend.
23-year-old Melina Roberge and 28-year-old Isabelle Lagacé were aboard the Sea Princess cruise, which visited five countries before arriving in Australia on Sunday.
The pair, along with another suspect, 63-year-old Andre Tamine, were in front of a Sydney court on Monday after they were caught attempting to import a whopping 200l pounds of cocaine into the country.
All three defendants are from Quebec and are now facing terms of life in prison after being charged with one count each of import of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.
The bikini-clad women’s social media accounts show them living it up in the months leading up to their arrests.
After they were arrested, Australian Border Force (ABF) Regional Commander Tim Fitzgerald said the drug bust was the country’s largest ever narcotics bust through passenger transportation.
He believes every last ounce of the cocaine was destined for Australia.
Australia’s Federal Police and ABF conducted the drug raid along with the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations, New Zealand Customs Service, and the Canada Border Services Agency.
The max penalty for smuggling cocaine in quantities for a commercial enterprise is life in prison.
All three remain in custody and will until their next court date on October 26th.
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