Canadians charged in Sydney in $23 million cocaine case

03 Septembre, 2016, 16:34 | Auteur: Sue Barrett
  • Canadians charged in Sydney in $23 million cocaine case

Three Canadian cruise ship passengers were charged with drug smuggling Monday after Sydney police allegedly found 95 kilograms of cocaine in their cabin luggage. The trio of Canadian criminals were tracked down and apprehended on Sunday when their ship, the MS Sea Princess, reached Sydney. But traveling with an open mind, ready to taste everything, see everything, learn everything and get yourself out of your comfort zone.

The Canadians were charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, which has a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The police statement said that Australian Border Force officers boarded the vessel over the weekend when it berthed in Sydney Harbour.

The trio were on the MS Sea Princess, a cruise that began its two-month journey from England, according to the Toronto Star. On board the ship, law enforcement found 95 kilograms (209 pounds) of cocaine in the suitcases of the three Canadians.

The haul is the largest narcotics seizure in Australia, the country's Border Force commander Tim Fitzgerald told AP.

Canadians charged in Sydney in $23 million cocaine case
Canadians charged in Sydney in $23 million cocaine case

Before they got caught, the women documented the entire journey on Instagram and Facebook, looking joyful in Times Square in New York, drinking out of coconuts in French Polynesia, and enjoying Irish coffees in Ireland.

The Instagram accounts of both women are publicly accessible for anyone to view.

And by "smuggling cocaine", I don't mean this man and two ladies just like cocaine and they decided to bring a bit of it back to Canada with them so they could stay up late discussing Miles Davis or Politics or whatever.

They enjoyed formal dinners on the ship. A judge refused to grant bail for the arrestees, and they are expected to remain in custody until their next court appearance on October 26.

Others show them driving dune buggies in Peru, while another appears to show Roberge getting a leg tattoo in Tahiti. It is still unknown how the two women were discovered and linked to the cocaine shipment. Apparently, Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations had tipped off authorities in Australia.