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Australian drug mule Cassie Sainsbury facing 30 years in Colombian prison if she doesn’t snitch on drug suppliers

July 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Australian drug mule Cassie Sainsbury facing 30 years in Colombian prison if she doesn’t snitch on drug suppliers

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Accused drug runner Cassandra Sainsbury stint of 103-days behind bars could turn into 30 years if she doesn’t turn in the ringleaders of her alleged cocaine smuggling organization.

The Australian woman has remained behind bars at the maximum security El Buen Pastor women’s prison in Bogota since she was taken into custody on April 11th after being accused of attempting to smuggle 5.8 kilos of cocaine.

The woman reportedly tried to smuggle the drugs out of the country stuffed in 18 headphone cases.

Despite attorneys advising her to plead guilty, Cassie Sainsbury has declared her innocence, maintaining that the headphones were gifts for her forthcoming bridal party.

Cassie Sainsbury was busted smuggling 5.8kg of cocaine in headphones. Photo: 7 News

A tip-off from the U.S. DEA caused the 22-year-old to make international headlines but now Colombian officials are demanding to find out who provided the drugs to Sainsbury.

Although a guilty plea could let the former personal trainer go free in four years, prosecutors are ready to throw the plea bargain out if she doesn’t name her purported partners.

Police are demanding that she identify the “mystery man” who bought her a plane ticket from China to Colombia.

If she complies with their requests, Sainsbury would likely have to go into a witness protection program to protect her against retaliation from the alleged drug cartel.

Colombian prosecutors warned the Australian drug mule she could spend 30-years in prison if she fails to identify her drug suppliers

This occurs only one week after the purported drug mule pleaded with Australian taxpayers to help pay for her upcoming court hearing.

On Tuesday, her Bogota-based attorney Orlando Herran said her defense needed serious help from the Australian government.

Although Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said she would receive financial aid, her uncle, Neil Sainsbury, said taxpayers should not help.

“I’m a taxpayer. I would hate to think my dollar is going there,” he said to The Advertiser

“Australian taxpayers’ money shouldn’t be funding any (alleged drug runners) — they get what they deserve.”

Update  Wednesday,  July 26th, 2017**

A Source has confirmed to news.com.au that Sainsbury reached a deal with Colombian authorities for a reduced sentence on Tuesday,

A judge will rule whether he accepts the deal when she appears in court in the Colombian capital on Wednesday.

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