Two young Canadians are threatened with life imprisonment for smuggling 35 kilograms of cocaine, which they tried to import into Australia on a cruise liner. During the transportation of cargo, the girls actively posted their photos in the Instagram network for thousands of subscribers.
28-year-old Isabelle Lagase and 22-year-old Melina Roberge, both from Quebec, were arrested after the Sea Princess ship moored in Sydney.
A consignment of cocaine, the value of which is estimated at 17.5 million pounds (almost $ 23 million), was hidden in one of the suitcases in the passenger cabin.
Two months earlier, friends had boarded the Sea Prince in the British port of Southampton.
Details of their luxury travel smuggler activity, shared on social networks, caught the attention of law enforcement agencies in Australia.
On the same cruise liner traveled 63-year-old Canadian Andre Tamin, in the cabin of which the drug sniffing dogs found hidden another 60 kg of cocaine.
The Australian law enforcement authorities did not say whether Tamin, who also faces life imprisonment, was an accomplice to Lagase and Robesur, or acted alone.
It is also unclear whether the confiscated drugs had been carried on at the time of landing at Southampton, or if they had received them later when they entered one of the South American ports on their way to Australia.
According to the representative of the border service, Tim Fitzgerald, this is the largest consignment of drugs that was ever confiscated in Australia on board a ship or aircraft.
The Australian authorities thanked the representatives of the US Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian border agency for helping identify suspects among 1,800 liner passengers.
It is reported that all three will be brought before the court in late October.