Canadian Insta Model Cops 8 Year Sentence For Trafficking Coke Into Sydney

Melina Roberge pleaded guilty in February on the eve of her trial for importing nearly 30 kilograms of the drugs. Source Melina Roberge Instagram

Roberge said she'd been recruited by a "sugar daddy" for the plot, in which the 24-year-old stood to earn as much as $100,000.

Roberge was one of three people arrested in the largest drug seizure on a cruise ship docking in Australia with 60kg of cocaine.

In exchange for stuffing cocaine into her luggage and boarding a luxury cruise ship, the MS Sea Princess, she received a trip worth $17,000, which she otherwise couldn't afford to take.

The Australian court sentenced the woman, 24-year-old Melina Roberge, to eight years in prison.

"It is a very sad indictment on her relative age group in society to seem to get self-worth relative to posts on Instagram", Traill said.

When the ship docked, authorities robbed the boat and detained 3 Canadians, consisting of Roberge, for importing 209 pounds of drug.

"She wanted to be the envy of others, I doubt she is now".

But the voyage of a lifetime has ended in up to eight years behind bars, with a non-parole period of four years and nine months, for Roberge, after 30kg of cocaine was discovered secreted in a suitcase in her cabin.

Judge Kate Traill said Roberge had "a good chance of rehabilitation" due to her seeming remorseful.

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Roberge and her travel companion Isabelle Lagace posted glamorous pictures of their travels on social media in bikinis and enjoying cocktails.

The vessel, the Sea Princess made stops in Ireland, the US, Canada, New Zealand and South Americans countries, including Colombia and Peru, during the seven-week journey. She was promised the ticket, €4,000 (£3,500) in spending money plus more cash once she returned home.

Roberge and Lagace documented their trip on Instagram, and numerous photos showed off the girls' bodies in bikinis with the backdrop of different exotic locations. Isabelle was sentenced to 7 and a half years in prison in November 2017.

Roberge admitted that her "sugar daddy" financed the vacation as a birthday present.

"He charmed her and spoiled her and became intimately involved with her", Traill said.

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

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.

Lagace was sentenced to at least 4½ years, with a maximum term of 7½ years while Tamine is still awaiting sentencing.

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