Social media has many wonderful uses, but perhaps our favorite use of social media is making our friends jealous of our fabulous lives.
Perhaps that’s what 22-year-old Melina Roberge and 28-year-old Isabelle Lagacé were shooting for when they posted photos from their world, documenting stops in Bermuda, Chile, Ecuador, and New York. However, things took a weird turn when the girls took a luxury cruise from England to Australia. When the sea princesses took their final stop in Sydney, somebody was waiting for these fair maidens, but it was not Prince Charming…
The two girls originally hail from Canada, and on their world travels, they took every possible opportunity to pose in bikinis, show beautiful sunsets, and take selfies like this one pictured here. What the beach babes didn’t know? There was somebody sinister keeping an eye on their well-documented travels.
Exploring New Places
“Gone to a place very peaceful • leave a message after the tone,” the sultry sunbather writes on Instagram where she posted this photo in late July. She might have been in a peaceful place back then, but rest assured she’s nowhere peaceful now.
A View To Die For
With water that blue, it’s easy to be hypnotized by the breathless sea below. But what happens when the vacation comes to a jarring close? Looking out across the endless expanse of blue skies meeting the crisp horizon of water can make one think they’re infallible. What happens when they find out they’re not?
“Made some new Colombian friends,” Melina writes on an Instagram post of tropical birds. Little did she know, some less friendly friends were watching these travels from a land far far away and much less exotic.
Now, if you’re going to go on a luxury vacation, traversing the globe and venturing across land and sea, you have to do it with as much style as possible. In this case, that swag came in the form of a luxury cruise ship. The MS Sea Princess was how these beautiful maidens chose to travel. Only the best for princesses of the sea…
It’s All Smiles Until Something Goes Wrong
It’s easy to sit back and admire life from under a coconut tree while all your friends back home admire your coconuts too, but pretty soon the party must come to an end.
And Life Just Took An Ugly Turn
Yes, as those beautiful young women pulled into port, the Australian Border Force had an ugly surprise waiting for them. Turns out these girls were doing more than just traveling the globe. They were carrying much more than memories with them.
While the beautiful women were traversing the globe and setting their sights high, they were also involved in a huge drug ring. The ladies were carrying 35 kilos of cocaine in their bags. And that’s not the worst of it…
Collect Moments Not Things
While the ladies were busy collecting moments and memories, 63-year-old André Tamine was planning on collecting the stash. It’s unclear how Tamine is connected with the girls, but he himself was holding 60 kilos of cocaine.
Police collected in total a 95-kilo bust, making this whopping bust the biggest Australian drug seizure ever coming through a passenger boat or airport. Perhaps the strangest past of this story is the documentation on social media. While these girls were getting tattoos in French Polynesia, the police were getting data on their whereabouts.
And while they were enjoying the feelings of being young and free, those feelings weren’t going to last long. Police were onto these travelers from day one.
Had the girls succeeded in their efforts, they would have made more money than they knew what to do with. Due to its geographical location, Australia has the highest drug prices anywhere in the world. It’s hard getting drugs to the lonely continent, so smugglers can charge a hefty price. But unfortunately for this crew, the evidence was mounting…
Two suitcases were seized by authorities. Each contained a significant amount of narcotics. Obviously, carrying such an amount of illegal drugs, and smuggling said drugs across international borders, was a major crime.
63-year-old Andre Tamine was the other smuggler involved in the scam. Like the girls, he too was from Quebec and likely orchestrated the exchange. One wonders if he was enjoying a vacation of his own while he was arranging to meetup with the young ladies…
The girls didn’t make many efforts to cleverly disguise their stash. Perhaps that’s why they were found out so easily. As soon as authorities opened the bag, the stash was uncovered and their lives were changes forever.
The funny thing is that the girls were instructed to keep their Instagram public and updated, which gave the media an unusual view into their drug-addled lives. Sure they look innocent as they vacation across the globe but who knew what hid just below the surface?
According to a CBS News report, “Roberge was sentenced to a non-parole period of 4 years and 9 months in prison before she is likely to be deported to Canada.” And Isabelle was sentenced to “to 7 ½ years in prison backdated to their arrest. Lagace will also likely be deported after serving a non-parole period of 4 ½ years.”
The third accomplice of this story, Andre Tamin, was sentenced to eight years in prison for his crimes, according to a report from The Star.