A woman who tried to smuggle a record amount of cocaine into Australia has claimed she did it to get likes on social media.
Mélina Roberge, 24, attempted to traffic 29 kilograms of the drug into Sydney off a luxury cruise ship called the MS Sea Princess in 2016.
But she was caught along with her accomplices Isabelle Lagace, 30, and Andre Tamine, 64, and later pleaded guilty to the crime.
The Canadian women were nicknamed ‘cocaine babes’ at the time.
In total the group tried to smuggle 95kg of coke, which authorities said was the most anyone had tried to get through a seaport or air.
The haul was worth $20 million AUD (£10.8m).
Roberge claimed in court on Wednesday an unnamed ‘sugar daddy’ was the real mastermind behind it all and had agreed to send her and Lagace to several places across the world, including New York, French Polynesia and Australia.
She added she had gone through with the plan after she met the man in Morocco because she wanted to get more likes on social media and felt taking pictures in the tropical locations would help achieve this.
Roberge, from Quebec, Canada, said during the sentencing hearing: ‘I was meant to just be there and look like I was on holiday and look like a cover for everyone else.’
Lagace was previously given a seven-and-a-half year sentence for importing a commercial quantity of cocaine.
Roberge and Tamine will find out their punishment for the same crime at a later date.
The maximum punishment for the charge is life in prison.