Canadian Insta Model Cops 8 Year Sentence For Trafficking Coke Into Sydney

Melina Roberge and Isabelle Lagace were arrested trying to smuggle cocaine into Australia on a cruise ship

INSTAGRAM Melina Roberge and Isabelle Lagace were arrested trying to smuggle cocaine into Australia on a cruise ship

In court on Wednesday, Judge Kate Traill of the New South Wales District Court acknowledged that Roberge appeared to be truly sorry and had "a great chance of rehab".

Traill also revealed that Roberge was sexually involved with the "much older man", her so-called "sugar daddy", who recruited her to transport the drugs.

The suitcase filled with cocaine, discovered by Border Force on board MS Sea Princess.

Roberge's accomplice with whom she shared a cabin, Isabelle Lagacé, 29, was sentenced in November to 7 1/2 years in prison backdated to their arrest, on August 28, 2016. Andrew Tamine, the third co-accused, has already plead guilty to his involvement in the crime and is scheduled to be sentenced later in the year. Worth between $21 million to $30 million the drug bust was Australia's largest to ever take place on a boating vessel.

"It is sad they seek to obtain such a vacuous existence where how many likes they receive is their currency". The Sydney Early morning Herald reported that she was drawn into drug smuggling by an older male she called her "sugar daddy".

Roberge will have to serve a minimum of four years and nine months in jail before she can be released. "I doubt she is now", Judge Traill said.

She added: "This highlights the negative influence of social media on young women". He pleaded guilty with Roberge in March and will be sentenced in October. The gorgeous drug smuggler had been smuggling drugs under the guise of an extended vacation, and she had bragged about her luxurious travels on Instagram, a move that led to her downfall, according to the New York Post.

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The Sea Princess stopped at Bermuda, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Tahiti before berthing in Sydney six weeks later. Picture: Instagram. Lagace was sentenced last November to at least four-and-a-half years in jail for her part in the crime.

He invited her on a trip to Morocco in May 2016 where she worked as an escort, and it was on this trip that he first asked her to be involved in the drug-smuggling trip.

Roberge told the court that she was an escort and met Tamin on the job in 2015. They were given first class cruise tickets worth $20,000.

"This is a very sad indictment on her relative age group in our society who seem to get self-worth by likes on Instagram which can make them a marketable commodity", Judge Traill said.

Lagace told the court she took part to settle a debt. She even apologized to the people of Australia because she realized that what she was doing was likely feeding addictions and causing more problems.

Fellow Canadian Andre Tamine, 64, is still awaiting sentencing.

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