These Instagram holiday snaps get even better once you learn about the $30m drugs bust

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Thursday 01 September 2016 11:00
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Picture: Instagram

Two women from Quebec had their cruise holiday interrupted when £17 million worth of cocaine was discovered in their suitcases by Australian law enforcement.

En route, the two women posted photographs of the trip from their Instagram accounts.

Holidymakers Isabelle Lagacé, 28, and Melina Roberge, 22 boarded a cruise ship in England in early July, and then travelled to ports in North America, the Caribbean and South America. The pair posted Instagram photos from their stops including Bermuda, Colombia, Ecuador, French Polynesia, Peru and the US.

Picture: Instagram
Picture: Instagram
Picture: Instagram
Picture: Instagram
Picture: Instagram
Picture: Instagram

While these represent fairly innocuous holiday snaps, the pair have since become embroiled in an international drug smuggling case, which is alleged to have occurred on the very same trip documented on social media.

According to the Toronto Star, investigators have not determined if Lagacé and Roberge were working alongside the man who was arrested, André Tamine, 63, another Quebec native. If found guilty of smuggling the 95kg of cocaine found in their suitcases, the trio could face life imprisonment.

The three were flagged as 'high-risk passengers' on board the MS Sea Princess, following coordination with the US Department of Homeland Security, the New Zealand Customs Service and the Canada Border Services Agency.

A week ago, Roberge posted this to Instagram with the caption:

➰ : means the protection of the traveler 🌐 #indonesiantattoo

A statement from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border protection, said all three individuals were to be charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine. According to ABC Sydney, they appeared in Sydney Central Local Court on Monday via video link from police custody. The three did not apply for bail, and will remain in custody until their next court date on 26 October.

indy100 has omitted the Instagram handles of the women charged.

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