Melina Roberge pleads guilty in Australian cocaine smuggling case

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Melina Roberge pleads guilty in Australian cocaine smuggling case
Melina Roberge pleads guilty in Australian cocaine smuggling case

Melina Roberge, a 24-year-old woman who was one of three Quebecers charged with smuggling drugs into Australia has pleaded guilty to importing cocaine in commercial quantities.

Melina Roberge pleaded guilty in a Sydney court on Friday, according to a spokeswoman for the New South Wales District Court, and is due back in court for sentencing on March 23.

Under Australian law, the crime could result in a life sentence.

Roberge, Isabelle Lagace, 30, and Andre Tamine, 64, were arrested on Aug. 29, 2016 after the cruise ship MS Sea Princess arrived in Sydney.

Australian authorities using sniffer dogs found 95 kilograms of cocaine in their suitcases worth an estimated $30.5 million.

Tamine also pleaded guilty a week ago and will be sentenced on Oct. 26. Lagace was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison last November.

Authorities have said the drug seizure was the largest ever involving a cruise ship or an aircraft in Australia.

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