Two women charged with smuggling cocaine into Australia documented their lavish lifestyle on Instagram.
Melina Roberge, 22, and Isabelle Lagacé, 28, both Canadian, were arrested on a cruiseliner in Sydney with £17million worth of cocaine, Sky News reports.
According to The Mirror, a 63-year-old man was also detained by Australian border police on Sunday.
The women were aboard the MS Sea Princess, a huge cruise ship that carries 2,000 people on luxury round-the-world trips.
Traveling is one thing … But traveling with an open mind, ready to taste everything, see everything, learn everything and get yourself out of your comfort zone .. Is probably the best therapy and lesson ever. I used to be afraid to get out of my little town and now I feel like I don't want to see that little town anymore cause it's beautiful out there and it's sooo worth it • 💯🌍
Australian police sent sniffer dogs on board and discovered 95 kilos of cocaine stashed in a suitcase, one of the biggest drug seizures in the country’s history, The Mirror reports.
And Roberge and Lagacé’s social media accounts have shown that the pair were travelling the world in style just before their arrest, visiting Canada, the U.S., Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Auckland prior to arriving in Australia.
The pair, alongside their male accomplice, have now been charged with importing drugs and are due in court this week. They face life imprisonment if convicted of drug smuggling.
According to Clive Murray from the Australian Border Forces, the organisation worked alongside Canadian and U.S. authorities to make the bust.
These syndicates should be on notice that the Australian Border Force is aware of all of the different ways they attempt to smuggle drugs into our country and we are working with a range of international agencies to stop them.Advertisement
Shane Connelly, the Australian Federal Police’s Assistant Commissioner of Crime Operations, added:
Today’s successful operation has resulted in three arrests and we will not rule out further activity as we continue our investigations.
The AFP is committed to working with its partner agencies to protect the community by stopping these dangerous drugs making their way to Australian communities, and bringing those responsible to justice.