Canadian drug mule jailed 8 years in cocaine cruise

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Australia's so-called "Cocaine Babe" was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for cocaine smuggling after she showed off a seven-week drug mule adventure on Instagram.

Roberge, from Quebec, was sentenced to a non-parole period of just less than five years, after which she is likely to be shipped back to Canada.

Roberge will serve a minimum of four years and nine months in prison, and her earliest release date is May 2021. Roberge is the youngest of three Canadians who imported 209 pounds of cocaine on a luxury cruise, and she Instagrammed pictures of their exotic port stops on the way to Sydney.

Traill said the then 22-year-old was "there to look pretty", acting as a decoy to the drug dealing below deck.

The judge also said the crime was a "very sad indictment" of the social media generation who "seek to attain such a vacuous existence where how many "likes" they receive are their currency".

She realized, she told the court, that she had put everything on the line for some selfies "in exotic locations and post them on Instagram to receive "likes" and attention".

She included, "This highlights the unfavorable impact of social networks on girls".

Roberge's addiction to cultivating Instagram fame started when she met her sugar daddy in 2015.

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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.

Roberge said that she was recruited in June 2016 by her sugar daddy to go on the cruise, and she and her friend were offered $20,000 plane tickets and $4,000 to fly to the United Kingdom, where the cruise began.

"He charmed her and spoiled her and became intimately involved with her", Traill said. Before sending her as a last-minute replacement on the cruise, he also reportedly got her to work as an escort and sleep with men he set her up with in nightclubs.

She and travel partner Lagace made global headlines with the Instagram photos of themselves in bikinis at exotic stops en route to Sydney.

The third accomplice, Andre Tamin, 65, will be sentenced in October, the Star reported. However, her full sentence is of 8 years. She was sentenced for trafficking 63 pounds of the drug - 50 pounds of it pure. - 50 lbs. of it pure - of the total importation. The Sydney Early morning Herald reported that she was drawn into drug smuggling by an older male she called her "sugar daddy". "I doubt she is now". The confiscation of the shipment was the largest amount ever pulled in from a cruise ship docking in Australia. She was promised the ticket, €4,000 ($5,000) in spending money plus more cash once she returned home. Inning accordance with the New York City Post, she stood to make $100,000 from the plot.

It was in Peru that Roberge said she believed, due to multiple trips ashore by four men on the cruise involved in the drug deal, that the cocaine was brought on board.

Lagace told the court she took part to settle a debt. "I don't want to be part of that".

Roberge's accomplice with whom she shared a cabin, Isabelle Lagacé, 29, was sentenced in November to 7 1/2 years in prison backdated to their arrest, on August 28, 2016. Tamine is still waiting for sentencing.

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