200+ lb Cruise Ship Cocaine Bust Leads to Two Trials and a Guilty Plea

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  • Two people who are accused of a conspiracy to import a massive amount of cocaine into Australia will stand trial, while a third has pleaded guilty.
  • The trio is accused of importing over 200 pounds of the drug into Australia on a cruise ship.
  • The street value of the contraband is reported at over $31 million.

Over the summer a pair of young Canadian women made headlines when they were found in possession of a large quantity of cocaine as they sailed the world. One of the women has pleaded guilty to the charges against her, while two other conspirators were ordered to stand trial.

28-year-old Isabelle Lagace has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from her part in a plan to smuggle a massive quantity of cocaine into Australia. The plot came to light over the summer after authorities discovered the contraband on a cruise ship as Lagace sailed around the world with two acquaintances.

22-year-old Melina Roberce was ordered to stand trial for her alleged involvement the conspiracy. 64-year-old Andre Tamine will also face charges as a result of the conspiracy.

The total haul was reportedly over 200 pounds, with a street value estimated at over $31 million. The drugs had been hidden in multiple suitcases and passenger compartments aboard the ship.

Published reports indicate that the bust was the largest cruise ship drug bust of its kind in history.