Cruise Passengers Busted In International Drug Smuggling

Drug Bust Australia 2

Three Canadians were smuggling drugs in style, enjoying a luxurious vacation aboard a Princess cruise ship, while transporting about $30 million worth of cocaine.

Caught in Sydney, Australia, the Australian Border Force said it was the “largest seizure in Australia of narcotics carried by passengers of a cruise ship or airliner.”   

Arrested was Andre Tamine (63), Isabelle Lagace (28), and Melina Roberce (22).  The three are all from Canada, but had boarded the cruise ship in the British port city of Southampton.  The ship sailed to Canada, the USA, Peru and New Zealand, before arriving in Australia.

Police are still trying to determine whether the three originally boarded with the drugs, or if they picked them up at one of the South American ports where the ship stopped on its way to Australia.   Reportedly, Australia has some of the highest prices in the world for cocaine.

The drugs were discovered in their luggage.  Officers boarded the ship with drug-detector dogs on Sunday, August 28 when it was stopped in Sydney and searched several cabins on the ship.  Something tipped them off, as it is reported that there was an “exchange of information between the Canadian Border Service Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security” that led authorities to focus on this particular ship.

Heavy reported that the women had been traveling on the ship for two months.

The three face possible life sentences if convicted, and will remain in police custody in Australia until their next court date of Oct. 26.

It was fun while it lasted, though – the two women posted many Instagram photos of their “vacation”.


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

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Chilling in the pj day 🦄✨ #lazyaf

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Jungle selfie 🐒🌿

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Dont bin cute ce petit filtre-là! #Lima #Peru #Mariposas

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In my top 5 for sure 📍🌴 #equateur

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