After two women posted a series of photos from their luxury cruise, they ended up making the news in another way when they were found in possession of 200 pounds of coke.
We all like to brag about our traveling adventures, and photos of good looking women on exotic destinations are certainly not rare on Instagram. In this particular case, the fantastic trip was just a cover for a drug carrying operation. Canadians Melina Roberge (23) and Isabelle Lagace (28) embarked on a cruise that took them to Peru before sailing across the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia. The pair posted a lot of photos from multiple destinations they visited on a Princess Cruise liner, implying a lifestyle of luxury and joy. These seemingly innocent pictures may have contained a clue about the true nature of the enterprise, since the price of the trip seemed too high for two working girls to afford.
When the ship arrived to Sydney, two women and their companion Andre Tamine (63) were ambushed by the authorities, with sniffer dogs searching the entire ship as well as the passengers’ luggage. The Canadians were found to be hauling 200 pounds of cocaine concealed in their suitcases, which was probably picked up during the scheduled stop in Peru. Local enforcement agencies seem to have received a tip about the shipment in advance, since they said to the media that all three suspects were treated as ‘high risk travelers’ ahead of their arrival.
Largest cocaine bust in history
The police describe the case as the largest seizure of cocaine from a ship in history, with estimated street value of the drugs in the neighborhood of £17 million British pounds. The suspects are now in custody and will be tried for cocaine trafficking before Australian courts. Since Australia has very strict drug trafficking laws, they could possibly get life imprisonment if they are proven guilty for a crime of this magnitude. The scope of the project hints at involvement of international drug syndicates, but no information about the organizers was immediately available.
It is unlikely that selfies from the cruise tipped off the police, but you’d still expect criminals working on a job worth millions to behave more discreetly. Publically announcing a visit to South America when you plan to transport coke sounds like trouble from the start, and instant celebrity soon turn into something completely different when the plan went awry.
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