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Canadian woman sentenced for worldwide cocaine smuggling run documented on Instagram

November 6, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Canadian woman sentenced for worldwide cocaine smuggling run documented on Instagram

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A former porn star is behind bars in Australia after she confessed that she attempted to smuggle $21.5 million worth of cocaine on a cruise.

Canadian Isabelle Lagace, 29, was sentenced to four and a half years behind bars after she entered a guilty plea to smuggling the class A drug aboard the $13,000-per-head MS Sea Princess, that set sail from England.

The woman alleged that she attempted to smuggle the drug after she was given an ultimatum about clearing a $20,000 debt to an unidentified individual, The BBC reported

Lagace, who is from Quebec, had boarded the cruise in Southampton in June and had recorded her journey across the U.S., South America, and Pacific with dozens of Instagram pictures.

When the ship arrived in Sydney on the 51st day of the 68-day trip, Australian Border Force officials discovered 66 pounds of cocaine hidden in a suitcase in her cabin.

Photo courtesy of the AP

The court was told that Lagace took full responsibility for her behaviors saying: “I have embarrassed my family, my friends, myself.

“It pains me to know that the defining years of womanhood will be spent halfway around the world.”

The court was also told about how the woman met other people on the trip, including her cabin mate Melina Roberge, 23, and Andre Tamine, 63 – who have also been accused of bringing a commercial amount of a border-controlled substance into Australia.

In another cabin, the third co-accused in Australia’s largest drug importation by passenger ship – Andre Tamine, 64 – reportedly had 154 pounds in three pieces of luggage.

Four individuals who were part of the drug operation were also on the cruise ship headed towards Australia.

Melina Roberge (left) and Isabelle Lagace before they were arrested

Evidence provided during a committal hearing for Roberge claimed that she was a willing participant in the attempt to bring the cocaine into Australia in August.

Lagace pleaded guilty to the charge of attempting to import a commercial quantity of cocaine.

Attorney Ragni Mathur, who argued Roberge did not know about the cocaine in her friend’s suitcase in the cabin they shared, said four passengers had traveled with the three accused on the cruise.

However, she said Roberge had purchased her ticket for the trip with another man who was not linked with the criminal enterprise behind the drug deal.

However, Lagace and Tamine had booked their trip – which docked in Colombia, French Polynesia Chile, Peru and New Zealand – together.

Mathur said that Roberge should not be sent to trial because she was only guilty by associating with Lagace.

The two Canadians were charged with smuggling millions worth of cocaine In Australia

On surveillance video of Roberge embarking and disembarking the ship, she had “nothing except a wallet or phone.”

Whereas Lagace, who had an iPhone and BlackBerry had reportedly told authorities “you won’t be getting that” when they requested its password.

Mathur said that Lagace had confessed at one point that she owned the suitcase in which cocaine was later discovered.

Prosecutor Lincoln Crowley said that although the case against Roberge was circumstantial, she and Lagace had traveled for over a month in a cabin in which there was a suitcase stuffed with close to 66 pounds of cocaine.

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“The cocaine was found in a cabin occupied by Roberge and Lagace for 40 days, packed, strapped, taped and sitting in a suitcase and would be worth a considerable amount of money,” Crowley said to the court.

Crowley said the drug discovered in a suitcase in the girls’ cabin was in layers of plastic bags bound with masking tape.

He said the substantial amount of cocaine found in Tamine’s cabin was similarly stuffed inside three suitcases.

However, Mathur argued that despite the fact that Roberge was a friend of her traveling mate Lagace, that did not mean she knew about the cocaine operation.

Williams will make his decision on whether or not to send Roberge to trial on December 21st.

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