Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Cocaine Smuggler Blames Crimes On Instagram Addiction

Cocaine Smuggler Blames Crimes On Instagram Addiction

An Australian court sentenced a Canadian drug mule to eight years in prison on Wednesday for her part in an attempt to smuggle into Sydney almost 95 kilograms of cocaine hidden in luggage aboard a luxury cruise ship.

After considering the Instagram posts Roberge took during the 2016 trip - which saw her visit locales including Bermuda, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Tahiti - Judge Traill issued a searing indictment of social media.

Judge Kate Traill said Roberge was recruited by her "sugar daddy" to carry out the crime in exchange for a free holiday.

Cocaine seized from the MS Sea Princess in Sydney, Australia.

Lagace reportedly made an early guilty plea and was sentenced to a maximum seven-and-a-half, minimum four-and-a-half years in prison, just shy of Roberge's sentence.

The third co-accused, Andre Tamine, 65, has also pleaded guilty to his role in the attempted smuggling and will be sentenced later this year.

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It was the largest haul of illegal drugs found on a cruise ship docking in Australia.

"It is sad they seek to attain such a vacuous existence, where how many "likes" they receive is their currency".

"She wanted to be the envy of others".

"The sugar daddy it would seem had a big impact on her life".

Roberge - who became known as "Cocaine Babe" in headlines - will serve at least four years and nine months, without eligibility for parole; she will eventually be deported to her home country, the AP reported.

Court documents released after sentencing submissions showed the then 22-year-old was given gifts and money and "if I was interested" she would sleep with the men.

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In an affidavit tendered to the court, Roberge wrote that at the time she was "a stupid young woman" who was governed by superficial goals.

All three pleaded guilty. 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.

Wearing a white jacket over a black top and trousers, her face carefully made up and long brown hair drawn up into a ponytail, Roberge bit her lip and wiped her eyes with a tissue in court. She said she took part in the scheme to gain more Instagram followers and to promote the glamorous lifestyle she portrays on her social media account.

She told a Sydney court last month that she had been "excited" about taking the luxury trip which she could not have afforded to pay for.

The two were reportedly given first-class cruise tickets worth $20,000, plus about $5,000 in spending money.

Roberge said she apologized to people who were struggling with addiction.

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