Women Charged in Massive Coke Smuggling Bust Documented Whole Trip on Instagram

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A pair of young women were arrested with enough cocaine in their luggage to massacre a herd of elephants during a trip to Australia, and managed to document the entire celebration on Instagram in the process.

Vice — The two Quebec women facing life in prison in Australia after police found more than $30 million worth of cocaine in their suitcases looked like they were having the time of their lives on the way there.

Melina Roberge and Isabelle Lagace, both in their 20s, spent the last two months on the MS Sea Princess, a massive luxury cruise that takes passengers on stops from the UK to Australia. Tickets cost upwards of $20,000 each.


Upon arriving at their final stop on Sunday, Australian federal police found 200 lbs. of cocaine in their luggage. Authorities are charging them with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, and could face life in prison if found guilty.

It is officially the largest drug bust ever seen on a boat or plane in Australia.

Before getting caught, the women shared the entire journey on Instagram and Facebook, loving life in Times Square NYC, sipping out of coconuts in French Polynesia, and downing Irish coffees in Ireland.

On August 4, Melina Roberge shared a photo of herself to Facebook, standing on an ATV in Paracas, Peru. “It was just really crazy!” she wrote.

According to her Facebook profile, she works at the Pandora jewelry store in downtown Montreal. Lagace’s profile is private and unable to be viewed.


On Saturday, the day before her arrest, Roberge posted a photo of the phrase “When you wake up and need a nap.” On Tuesday morning, followers commented on the photo “jokes girl what were you thinking” and #prisonavie.

Their boss must be THRILLED with his girls.