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2 Canadian Women Allegedly Busted in Australia with $22 Million in Cocaine While on Worldwide Dream Cruise


2 Canadian Women Allegedly Busted in Australia with $22 Million in Cocaine While on Worldwide Dream Cruise.AAikpKd

A dream vacation around the world turned upside-down for two Canadian women Monday after police in Australia arrested them and a Canadian man on drug smuggling charges, according to a release by the Australian authorities.Authorities say approximately 95 kilograms of cocaine were allegedly found in the suitcases of passengers arriving to Sydney on a cruise ship. According to the Daily Telegraph, the value of the drugs was $30 million Australian dollars, which is about $22 million in U.S. dollars.

According to multiple outlets, including the Sydney Morning Herald, the arrested suspects were two young women, 23-year-old Melina Roberge and 28-year-old Isabelle Lagacé, and a 63-year-old man, Andre Tamine. All three were originally from Quebec, according to the Toronto Star.

The bust came on the 51st day of a 68-day cruise on the Sea Princess, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The Star states authorities were prepared to search the ship when it arrived in Sydney after a joint investigation which included the Canadian Border Service Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

A dream vacation around the world turned upside-down for two Canadian women Monday after police in Australia arrested them and a Canadian man on drug smuggling charges, according to a release by the Australian authorities.Authorities say approximately 95 kilograms of cocaine were allegedly found in the suitcases of passengers arriving to Sydney on a cruise ship. According to the Daily Telegraph, the value of the drugs was $30 million Australian dollars, which is about $22 million in U.S. dollars.

According to multiple outlets, including the Sydney Morning Herald, the arrested suspects were two young women, 23-year-old Melina Roberge and 28-year-old Isabelle Lagacé, and a 63-year-old man, Andre Tamine. All three were originally from Quebec, according to the Toronto Star.

The bust came on the 51st day of a 68-day cruise on the Sea Princess, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The Star states authorities were prepared to search the ship when it arrived in Sydney after a joint investigation which included the Canadian Border Service Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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According to Facebook accounts that appear to belong to them, Lagacé was a waitress at a Longueuil bar and Roberge was a manager at a Montreal jewelry store. According to their Instagram accounts, they began their adventure on July 9 in Southampton, England. They shared photos from exotic locales around the world including Tahiti, Peru, Bermuda, Morocco and more.

“Traveling is one thing … But traveling with an open mind, ready to taste everything, see everything, learn everything and get yourself out of your comfort zone .. Is probably the best therapy and lesson ever,” Roberge wrote in one post from the holiday.

“I used to be afraid to get out of my little town and now I feel like I don’t want to see that little town anymore cause it’s beautiful out there and it’s sooo worth it.”

Police said the maximum penalty for the crime is life in prison. They are also not ruling out other arrests in the ongoing case.

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