Isabelle Lagacé, contemplates her navel during one of her whirlwind luxury cruises, ferrying drugs across the globe
Canadian beauty and former porn star, Isabelle Lagacé, has been jailed today in Australia after admitting she tried to smuggle $31million worth of cocaine on a cruise ship.
Lagacé, 29, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after she pleaded guilty to taking the class A drug on-board the $14,365-per-head luxury cruise ship, MS Sea Princess, that set off from the UK.
Porn star Isabelle Lagacé pleads guilty to smuggling cocaine worth $30 million into Australia on a cruise ship
THE porn star past of Isabelle Lagacé, one of the two women charged with smuggling $23million worth of cocaine into Australia on a luxury cruise ship revealed
She claimed she tried to smuggle the drug after being given an ultimatum about clearing a $20,000 debt to an unnamed person.
Former adult movie star Isabelle Lagace, has been jailed for four and a half years in Sidney, Australia
Lagacé, and her travelling companion, Mélina Roberge also from Quebec, boarded the cruise ship in Southampton, UK in June, after Legacé flew solo across the Atlantic.
Their apparently fun-filled odessy across the US, South America and Pacific was well documented on social media with dozens of Instagram posts and bikini-clad photos.
Their luck held until the ship docked in Sydney on the 51st day of the 68-day cruise, Australian Border Force officers found 30kg of cocaine stashed in a suitcase in her cabin, the court heard.
During her trial in Sydney, at the end of 2016, Lagacé admitted her role in the drug smuggling enterprise. In her elocution she told the court : “I have embarrassed my family, my friends, myself.
“It pains me to know that my defining years of womanhood will be spent in prison halfway around the world.”
Isabelle Lagacé, is reportedly a former porn star and model. The story of Lagacé, aka “Izabel”, in the adult entertainment industry unfolded after her arrest on drug smuggling charges
Isabelle Lagace’s life before she became a mega-drug mule involved adult photo modelling
Isabelle Lagacé and Mélina Roberge were caught with cocaine worth around $30million, accrdint to Australian drug enforcement
The court heard how Lagacé met other people on the cruise, including her cabin mate Mélina Roberge, 23, and Andre Tamine, 64, who have also been accused of importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug into Australia.
Canadian Beauties with a lavish lifestyle, Melina Roberge, and Isabelle Lagacé accused of smuggling $23.3, Million worth of cocaine into Sydney on the Sea Princess cruise ship – they were living it up, while cruising around the world
In another cabin, the third co-accused in Australia’s biggest drug importation by passenger vessel, Andre Tamine- allegedly had up to 70kg in three suitcases.
Four men who were part of the alleged drug operation were also on board as the cruise ship sailed towards Australia, the court heard.
Lagacé’s co-accused Mélina Roberge posted pictures of the cruise on social media
Super fun times: Mélina Roberge [left], and Isabelle Lagacé chronicled their adventures around the world on Instagram
Hello world: Canadians ‘Sugarbabies’ Mélina Roberge and Isabelle Lagacé travelled round the world, ferrying “commercial quantities” of the Class A drug before they were caught in Sydney, Australia
The drug mules set sail from Southampton, UK on the MS Sea Princess cruised via Tahiti to Sydney carrying their cocaine cargo in suitcases stashed in their cabins
Evidence given during a committal hearing for Roberge alleged she was a knowing participant in the attempt to import the cocaine into Australia in August this year, reports News.com.au
Magistrate Robert Williams committed Mr Tamine to stand trial on February 3, after he waived his right to have a committal hearing.
Isabelle Lagacé was convicted after entering a guilty plea to the charge of attempting to import a commercial quantity of cocaine.
Defense attorney for Roberge, Ragni Mathur, said her client was unaware of the cocaine in her friend’s luggage in the cabin they shared,while pointing out that four other male passengers had traveled with the three defendants on the cruise.
Mélina Roberge, has pled not guilty to commercial drug importation charges. She claims she was unaware of the actions of her travelling companion
Roberge had booked her ticket for the trip with another man who was not associated with the criminal enterprise behind the drug deal, Mathur said, while Lagacé and Tamine had booked their cruise, routed through Colombia, French Polynesia Chile, Peru and New Zealand, together, Mathur told the court.
Roberge should escape being committed for trial because she was only guilty by her association with Lagacé, Mathur said.
On CCTV footage of Roberge embarking and disembarking the Sea Princess, she had “nothing in her possession except a wallet or mobile phone”.
Whereas Lagacé, who carried both an iPhone and BlackBerry, known as a device “that is impossible to decode”, had allegedly told investigators “you won’t be getting that” when they asked for its password.
Mathuralso pointed out that Lagacé had admitted at one point that she owned the suitcase in which cocaine was later found.
Isabelle Lagacé shows off her curves while hopping the pleasure spots of the world
Crown Prosecutor Lincoln Crowley told the court that although the Crown case against Mélina Roberge was circumstantial, she and Lagacé had traveled for more than a month in a tiny ship’s cabin in which there was a suitcase packed with almost 30kg of cocaine.
“The cocaine, 29kg of it, was found in a cabin occupied by Roberge and Lagacé for the past 40 days, packed up, strapped up, taped up and sitting in a suitcase and would be worth a considerable amount of money,” Mr Crowley told the court.
“Two women are minding the cocaine. Lagacé and Roberge are warehousing a quantity of cocaine.
“It is in effect a floating warehouse. They are sitting on this until they get to Australia.”
Mr Crowley said the drug found in a Swiss suitcase in the girls’ cabin was in layers of Clipseal plastic bags tied up with masking tape.
Isabelle Lagacé posted this photo on Instagram from Cartagena, Colombia five weeks before she was arrested for trying to smuggle millions of dollars of cocaine into Australia on a cruise ship.
Isabelle Lagacé and Mélina Roberge [photo], stashed over 30kg of cocaine in their cabin aboard. their partner, Andre Tamine, had 70KG of the drug in his own cabin. Roberge is claiming to have absolutely no knowledge of the the drug run – blames the whole debacle on Lagacé
He said the larger amount of cocaine allegedly found in Mr Tamine’s cabin was similarly packaged inside three suitcases.
Mathur contends that despite the fact that Roberge was a friend of her traveling companion, that did not convey automatic knowledge of the contents of the suitcase or the cocaine enterprise.
“You don’t need two chickens to keep warm a golden egg,” she said.
The decision on whether or not to indict Roberge will be handed down by Magistrate Williams, on December 21
The maximum penalty for smuggling a commercial quantity of cocaine, a federal offence in Australia, is life imprisonment.