Canadian charged with bringing cocaine into Australia pleads guilty

By The Canadian Press
December 16, 2016 - 3:45am

SYDNEY, Australia — A published report says a Canadian woman pleaded guilty Friday to her involvement in allegedly importing cocaine into Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald says 28-year-old Isabelle Lagace entered the plea on a charge of importing a commercial quantity of cocaine into the country.

Lagace, along with two other Canadians — 64-year-old Andre Tamine and 23-year-old Melina Roberge — were arrested in late August after the MS Sea Princess berthed in the Australian city.

Australian Border Force commander Tim Fitzgerald had said detection dogs helped police allegedly find 95 kilograms of cocaine in suitcases.

The drugs were worth an estimated $30.5 million.

The newspaper's online report says Lagace will be sentenced in February while Roberge is due to appear in court again next Wednesday and Tamine is committed to appear in the New South Wales District Court next year.

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