Crazy: IG Model Convicted for Smuggling $21 Million in Cocaine
I have always wondered how some of these IG models can afford to travel the world and seemingly do whatever they want.
In this model's case, she was an international drug dealer.
A glamorous Canadian drug mule who tried to help smuggle $21million worth of cocaine into Australia on a cruise ship in a quest for Instagram fame has been jailed for eight years.
Melina Roberge, 24, sobbed as she was sentenced in a Sydney court on Wednesday for plotting to import the drugs on board the Sea Princess ship in August 2016.
Roberge, who was one of three Canadians arrested over the 95kg (209 pounds) haul - the largest ever drug seizure on a cruise ship docking in Australia - said she was motivated by her addiction to Instagram. During her sentencing, Judge Kate Traill blasted Roberge's social media lifestyle saying she had carried out the drug smuggling plot in the hope of being the 'envy of others'.The judge blamed Roberge's actions on a desire to take selfies 'in exotic locations and post them on Instagram to receive likes and attention'.
Judge Traill labelled it a sad indictment of the negative impact of social media on young people, who lead a 'vacuous existence' seeking likes for self worth and who have become a 'marketable commodity'.
'She wanted to be the envy of others. I doubt she is now,' the judge said.She acknowledged that Roberge was recruited by her 'sugar daddy' to carry out the crime in exchange for a free holiday.
Roberge, who pleaded guilty in February to the charges, was sentenced to a maximum eight years behind bars with a non-parole period of four years and nine months.One of her accomplices, former porn star Isabelle Lagace, was sentenced in November to at least four-and-a-half years in jail after admitting she tried to smuggle the white powder in the pair's cabin to clear a $20,000 debt.Andre Tamin, 64, has also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced later this year. -(AP, Brianne Tolj and Max Margan, Daily Mail)