Australian judge sentences Canadian 'cocaine babe' to 8 years in jail

The Australian Border Force discovered the suitcase filled with cocaine

A bad end to the carefree cocaine peddling lifestyle of Canadian citizen, Melina Roberge, has seen the woman sentenced to eight years in an Australian prison.

Roberge, dubbed "cocaine babe" by Australian media, was sentenced to a non-parole period of 4 years and 9 months in prison, but factoring time already served, she will be eligible for parole in May 2021.

"She was seduced by lifestyle and the opportunity to post glamorous Instagram photos from around the world", Judge Kate Traill said.

Traill said Roberge was recruited with the lure of a free vacation by a wealthy Canadian benefactor, whom Roberge described in court as her "sugar daddy" but never identified for fear of repercussions for her family in Canada.

Cocaine seized from the MS Sea Princess in Sydney, Australia.

Her co-defendant, Isabelle Lagace, 30, a former porn star, was given a discounted sentence for an early guilty plea. The confiscation of the shipment was the largest amount ever pulled in from a cruise ship docking in Australia.

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 wanted to be the envy of others", Traill said.

"The sugar daddy it would seem had a big impact on her life".

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Court documents released after sentencing submissions showed the then 22-year-old was given gifts and money and "if I was interested" she would sleep with the men.

An Australian judge has sentenced a Quebec woman to eight years in prison for drug trafficking, in a decision that also criticized young people for their relentless pursuit of social media fame. Picture: Instagram. Lagace was sentenced last November to at least four-and-a-half years in jail for her part in the crime. Inning accordance with the New York City Post, she stood to make $100,000 from the plot.

She had spent about seven weeks on the ship after leaving the United Kingdom, stopping in Ireland, the USA, Bermuda, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru.

"Sometimes I would accept money from them but not always", Roberge said in an affidavit before the court.

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.

The 24-year-old, the youngest of three Canadians who imported 209 lbs. cocaine on a luxury cruise, made world headlines when she and Lagace's Instagram posts of their exotic port stops.

Lagace told the court she took part to settle a debt. Adding, "I have devastated so many people in the process".

Fellow Canadian Andre Tamine, 64, is still awaiting sentencing.

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