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Cruise Ship Cocaine Bust: 95 Kilos Stashed in Partier Luggage

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By    |   Friday, 02 Sep 2016 07:06 AM

A cruise ship cocaine bust netted more than 95 kilos of coke found in the luggage of two Canadian women and a man who were arrested when the MS Sea Princess pulled into Sydney Harbor in Australia.

The two women hung together enjoyed their high seas adventure while it lasted, as evidenced by a trail of selfies.

The nearly 200 pounds of cocaine was sniffed out by detector dogs brought aboard when the cruise ship docked, said the Australian Border Force. Reportedly worth $23 million, the cocaine was Australia's largest drug seizure through a "passenger stream," reported CNN.

André Tamine, 63, Isabelle Lagace, 28, and Melina Roberge, 22, all from Quebec, were on two-month cruise on the Sea Princess that ended last Sunday in Sydney, said the Toronto Star.

Authorities said they determined that Lagace and Roberge were traveling together but were still trying to figure out their connection with Tamine.

Lagace, Roberge and Tamine all got on the ship together in England in early July and sailed to ports in North American, the Caribbean and South America, including Colombia and Peru.

Clive Murray, an Australian Border Force official, suggested the cocaine may have been a part of an international drug syndicate.

"These syndicates should be on notice that the Australian Border Force is aware of all of the different ways they attempt to smuggle drugs into our country and we are working with a range of international agencies to stop them," Murray said.

The arrested women left a trail of pictures of their cruise adventures behind on Instagram.

 

 

 

J'aime beaucoup mon p'tit collier #weedleaves

A photo posted by Isza (@belliszaa) on

 

In my top 5 for sure 📍🌴 #equateur

A photo posted by @melinar___ on

 

First time in Papeete and not the last one ✌🏼️🌏

A photo posted by @melinar___ on

 

All three appeared in court Monday and are expected to have another hearing Oct. 26. The trio could receive life in prison if convicted in Australian courts.

Australian authorities said the drug bust was coordinated by several agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security in the United States.

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A cruise ship cocaine bust netted more than 95 kilos of coke found in the luggage of two Canadian women and a man who were arrested when the MS Sea Princess pulled into Sydney Harbor in Australia.
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