connectVideo “Cocaine babe’ plead guilty to smuggling $30M drugs on cruise
Known as the “cocaine ” babe”,” a Canadian cruise passenger finally plead guilty to smuggling more than 200 kilograms of cocaine on a Princess Cruise in 2016. Worth between $21 million to $30 million of the drug bust is Australia’s largest ever placed on a ship sail.
The third accomplice in the notorious “Cocaine Babes” cruise ship drug-smuggling ring has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for his role in trafficking 207 kilos of cocaine on board a Princess Cruise trip in 2016.
On Dec. 19, an Australian judge sentenced the 63-year-old Andre Tamine, with a minimum of five years and seven months behind bars for smuggling which is estimated at nearly $30 million worth of cocaine in a case that made headlines around the world, News.com.au reports.
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Back in February, Tamine young, female accomplices, Melina Roberge, age 25 years, and Isabelle Lagacé, age 30, were crowned the “Cocaine Babes” by the uk media.
Back in February, Tamine the female accomplices, Melina Roberge, age 25 years, and Isabelle Lagacé, age 30, with the label “Cocaine Babes” by the uk media, pleaded guilty in connection with the Aug. 2016 incident, during which the Australian Border Force (ABF) seized more than 200 kilograms of cocaine from the group of cruise ship cabins.
Roberge and her friends were identified as “high-risk traveller” by the authorities prior to their arrest.
According to The Queensland Times, Tamine, Roberge, escort, and Lagace, who was reported to be a porn star, enjoy a luxurious seven weeks of vacation with stops in the united states, Bermuda, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Auckland, Sydney and many more, when the ABF was suspicious of the trio, all from Quebec, Canada.
Identify Roberge, Lagacé and Tamine as a “high-risk travelers,” ABF officials searched the ship when it docked in the Port of Sydney at the end of August 2016, and discovered 77 pounds of cocaine in Roberge and Lagacé’s shared cabin, and an extra 130 pounds in Tamine the room, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The cocaine, much of it pure, was filled in large bags that the trio was able to easily carry it on the huge ocean liner.
The drugs were estimated at a value somewhere between $21.5 million and $30 million, making it Australia’s largest ever drug seizure of a sailing, vessel or aircraft.
(Australian Border Force)
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Tamine had to be paid approximately $158,000 million for his role in the crime, the Times reports, but he is mentioned in a court letter that the drugs caused “nothing but pain and destruction” and he was grateful that the cocaine was “confiscated and never in the country”.
Tamine since recognized in a court letter that the drugs caused “nothing but pain and destruction” and he was grateful that the cocaine was “confiscated and never in the country”.
In the months since, Lagacé, was sentenced to a maximum of seven-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty in Nov. 2017. At her condemnation, she alleged that she was smuggling cocaine to pay off a $20,000 debt, and expressed remorse for the crime.
In April 2018, Roberge, who admitted she was motivated to smuggle drugs on board the glam cruise in a part for the “likes and attention” on Instagram, was sentenced to serve a maximum sentence of eight years. Crying in court, she apologized for her actions during the hearing.
Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo and Amy have contributed to this report.