Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Porn Star Smuggled PS18 Million Cocaine on UK Cruise to Sydney

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Porn Star Smuggled PS18 Million Cocaine on UK Cruise to Sydney

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Byline: Frank Thorne in Sydney and Rashid Razaq

A PORN model today admitted trying to smuggle cocaine worth more than PS18 million on a cruise ship from Britain to Australia.

Canadian Isabelle Lagace, 28, was arrested with two other suspects a man and a woman after the liner Sea Princess docked at Sydney harbour in August.

Federal Police said the drug bust was Australia's biggest-ever through passenger transportation.

Solicitor Louis Ialenti, acting for Lagace, entered the guilty plea at Sydney central local court.

The 95kg drugs haul, which had an Australian street value estimated to be at least $31million, was found in four suitcases one of which, it is alleged, was in the two women's shared cabin.

Lagace, from Quebec, sat stonefaced and dressed in maroon in the court beside her co-accused Melina Romberce, 23, and Andre Tamine, 64.

Romberce was dressed in white and Tamine wore green prison clothing.

Lagace was committed for sentencing at Sydney district court on February 3. …

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