This weekend, Australian Border Force and Australian Federal Police uncovered a record-breaking 95 kilograms of cocaine smuggled by three Canadians on a Princess cruise ship in Sydney Harbour. The nearly 210 pounds of cocaine is worth an estimated street value of $23 million, according to The Washington Post.
The ABF humorously remarked in a Facebook post that the cocaine was packed so tightly into their suitcases that there was hardly any room for anything else. The authorities wrote, “With 95 kilograms of cocaine stuffed into their suitcases, these three Canadian nationals did not have much room for clean underwear or spare toothbrushes.”
Like many young tourists traveling around the world, the two women involved in the attempted drug trafficking, a 23-year-old and a 28-year-old, posted photos of their 49-day Princess cruise vacation to Instagram. They highlighted the remarkably beautiful settings they encountered south of the equator, made new friends, and even got tribal tattoos. The cocaine they were caught with is suspected to have originated in Colombia, one of the cruise stops, which is where most of the drugs found in Australia come from.
The two women, along with a 63-year-old man, face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment in Australia for their crime of importing “a commercial quantity of cocaine,” according to Monday’s press release from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Patrol. The three of them appeared in Sydney Central Local Court on Monday for their first hearing and are due to reappear in court on October 26.
During their trip, the youngest of the smugglers wrote on Instagram, “Traveling is one thing. But traveling with an open mind, ready to taste everything, see everything, learn everything and get yourself out of your comfort zone… is probably the best therapy and lesson ever.”
Her post now comes across as rather ironic. For now, time spent behind bars might be the “best lesson ever” for the would-be drug importers trying to get rich.
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