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Two Canadian drug runners admit to cocaine conspiracy

February 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two Canadian drug runners admit to cocaine conspiracy

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Two Canadian drug runners admit to cocaine conspiracy

Two Canadian drug runners have entered guilty pleas after they were charged with smuggling $21 million worth of cocaine on a cruise ship into Sydney, Australia.

Melina Roberce, 23, and 64-year-old Andre Tamine were two of three suspects busted with four pieces of luggage stuffed with 95 kilos of cocaine after the Sea Princess arrived in Sydney in August 2016.

The Canadian drug runners embarked on the 51-day trip from the U.K. through Latin America and then to Australia to smuggle roughly $16.5 millions USD worth of cocaine.

Both Tamine and Roberce were expected to face trial in February before they entered a guilty plea to jointly commission the importation of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

Roberce’s cabin mate Isabelle Lagace – a porn star from Canada – was sentenced to four-and-a-half years behind bars in November for her role in attempting to smuggle the drugs.

After she was busted with the drugs, an ex-boyfriend referred to Roberce as a “superficial woman turned on by money and looking for a sugar daddy.”

Pictured is a suitcase filled with cocaine which belonged to the trio and was seized in Australia

The two females were arrested along with Tamine, a loner with no family and who resides in a tiny apartment in a Montreal suburb.

U.S. authorities were involved in the investigation to track down the three and their stash of drugs which were reportedly found in luggage belonging to the trio.

The Daily Mail reported that Roberce’s father grew concerned when his daughter said she was going on a two-month which resulted in her arrest in Sydney.

He urged her not to go on the trip and asked: “Who is paying $22,000 for your holiday?”

However, the college drop-out proceeded to go on the trip which sailed from Britain and across the world to New Zealand and Australia via South America, without paying mind to her worried father’s concerns.

Authorities on three continents are looking into who else might have been involved in the plot, which led to the biggest ever bust of drugs seized from a passenger ship or plane.

Melina Roberce, 23, has pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges after being found with $21million worth of cocaine

People close to Roberce said she always set her sights on having the best and was “all about money.”

An ex-boyfriend, who asked to be referred to as “Michael,” said: “She was a flirt and she was a superficial young woman. Melina was lovely and attractive but wanted money and people who had money. It was all about money and she was dating older men because they had the cars and the power to give her the lifestyle she wanted.”

He added: “She wanted the best things but she never worked for them and had a steady job. She would go clubbing and I know she was dating other guys. We went out for a month and then she disappeared.”

He said he had kept in touch with her on Facebook and raised an eyebrow at her lifestyle which included traveling to the best places in the world.

Lagace was employed in a bar at Longueuil and left suddenly on her trip, not informing many about her plans.

It has also been reported that she posed for a series of nude pictures when she was a teen.

Isabelle Lagace, who was sentenced in November – is a former Canadian porn star

They were published on a website called Flashy Babes and appear to have been taken when she was 19.

Tamine lived for over ten years in an apartment building in Saint-Laurent and had no partner or children.

They three suspects been identified by the United States border control agencies of Canada and colleagues in New Zealand as high-risk travelers and were believed to have been a part of an international cartel.

The women had posted pictures on social media boasting their toned bodies and the exotic vacation. They had gone to Colombia, French Polynesia Chile, Peru and New Zealand.

But authorities, in a joint international probe, were also watching and stepped in.

Australian authorities have made it clear that the smuggling was part of an “international crime syndicate” and that the drugs were meant to flood the illicit enterprise in Sydney and surrounding communities.

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