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Australian Cassandra Sainsbury sentenced 6 years for cocaine smuggling in Colombia

November 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Australian Cassandra Sainsbury sentenced 6 years for cocaine smuggling in Colombia

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A Colombian judge has sentenced Cassandra Sainsbury, the Australian woman accused of cocaine smuggling, to 6 years behind bars after she pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking.

Cassandra Sainsbury was in the courtroom with her family on Wednesday as the judge approved the plea agreement. Her attorney Orlando Herran said Sainsbury might end up serving less time with good behavior, The Guardian reported.

She must also pay a penalty of close to $100,000.

Sainsbury was taken into custody in April at Bogota’s international airport after an X-ray machine identified cocaine concealed in 18 packages in her luggage. Her arrest drew attention in Australia and shed light on international drug mules in Colombia, the world’s largest cocaine manufacturer.

In August, a judge rejected her plea deal after the 22-year-old said she was set up and forced into smuggling the drugs.

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