Yachting Boating World: The pair were on a two month cruise from England to Australia via several other countries when they were caught with the cocaine.

 

Canadian Isabelle Lagacé, 28, and Melina Roberge, 22, were on a dream holiday on a cruise that took them from England to Australia stopping in several countries.

The pair documented their fabulous trip on MS Sea Princess by posting pictures of their travels on Instagram.

However when they arrived at Sydney harbour on Sunday, 28 August, they were stopped by the Australian Federal Police and found with 200 pounds worth of cocaine in their suitcases, for a value of almost £17m.

Another Canadian man, André Tamine, 63, who was travelling on the same cruise, was also stopped and cocaine was found in his luggage too. It’s unclear whether he was travelling with the women.

The police are trying to determine when the drugs were brought on to the ship, which went through ports in North America, South America and the Caribbean.

The arrests was the result of a cooperative investigation between the Australian, Canadian and American authorities.

Lagacé and Roberge’s documentation of their trip on Instagram helped the police track them down seven weeks into their dream cruise.

The trio, all from Quebec, are now facing life in prison, the maximum sentence in Australia for drug smuggling.

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Yachting & Boating World: Authorities have seized 250 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean that was bound for the UK. Two sailors from Jersey have been arrested after £40m worth of cocaine was seized from their yacht in the Caribbean.

 

In a joint operation by the National Crime Agency (NCA), Metropolitan Police and the French Authorities on Monday, the vessel was intercepted and the pair arrested.

Officials say the two men, aged 57 and 42, had been attempting to bring the drugs to the UK and will now face prosecution by the French authorities.

The UK-registered vessel SY Hygeia of Hasla was boarded by the French Customs Coast Guard off Martinique as it began a transatlantic crossing.

Monday’s drug bust was the result of an investigation into a London-based crime group, with connections to the Caribbean, suspected of importing large quantities of class A drugs.

The NCA’s head of international operations Hank Cole, said: “The NCA used its international reach and worked with partners in the UK and abroad to track this vessel. Together we have stopped a huge consignment of cocaine close to source.

“We have no doubt that without this intervention the drugs would have ended up on the streets of the UK where, after being cut, they would have had a likely potential value of £30-40 million. Our investigation into the organised crime network involved in this attempt continues.”

This latest seizure of class A drugs bound for the UK is the second in recent months, with around a tonne of cocaine being seized by the Irish Naval Service on 23 September.

Detective superintendent Neil Thompson said: “Working alongside the NCA, it is clear that the drugs recovered would have been distributed throughout the streets of London and beyond, generating further criminality and fuelling gang activity.

“These arrests show that there is no criminal out there that is beyond our reach – if you deal in drugs in any scale we will find you, we will arrest you and you will face the consequences of your actions.”

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