Monday, June 14, 2021

Canadian drug mules set for release

Melina Roberge, then 22, was one of three people arrested on board the Sea Princess after it docked in Sydney in August 2016. Roberge and her travel companion Isabelle Lagace posted glamorous pictures of their travels on social media. The judge accepted the naive escorts were led astray by an older man. “The sugar daddy it would seem had a big impact on her life. He charmed her and he spoiled her.”
Andre Tamin, 64, also pleaded guilty. The Quebec women pleaded guilty to importing 95 kg of cocaine with a value of $30.5m into Australia. They gained international notoriety when social media posts of their seven week luxury cruise went viral. The Quebecers boarded the MS Sea Princess in England.
The women, whose tickets cost $20k each, published photos of partying in New York, mountain biking in Peru and drinking coconut milk in French Polynesia.
Andre Jorge Tamine celebrated his 64th birthday in custody. Roberge and Lagace travelled round the world while carrying cocaine before being detained in Sydney. Several more men that were on the cruise ship were also arrested.