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Roberge's Instagram account disappeared following her arrest.

Police with sniffer dogs found 77 pounds of cocaine in the cabin belonging to Roberge and Isabelle Lagace, who was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison in November. "This highlights the negative influence of social media on young women such as the offender".

Roberge and Lagace became Instagram stars for showing off their smuggling trip aboard the cruise ship MS Sea Princess.

Roberge was told she would be acting as a decoy and was encouraged "to take pictures of myself in exotic locations and post them on Instagram to receive "likes" ".

Summary: A drug smuggler who bragged about her wealth on Instagram has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Melina Roberge will serve an optimum of 8 years in prison, inning accordance with the Washington Post.

"It is sad they seek to obtain such a vacuous existence where how many likes they receive is their currency".

On Wednesday, NSW District Court Judge Kate Traill attacked one of Roberge's motivations for taking the drug cruise.

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Roberge pleaded guilty in February to importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled substance, and in swapping fashionable clothes for prison rags, has earned the job of "sweeper" while in jail.

The 24-year-old Roberge, a Canada local who ended up being understood in Australian media as "Drug Babe", wept as she discovered her fate.

"The sugar daddy, it would seem, had a big impact on her life", Judge Traill said. The luxury ship traveled from Britain to Ireland, the U.S., Bermuda, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and then Australia.

Roberge and two other Quebecers, have pleaded guilty to smuggling cocaine worth about $16 million USA packed in suitcases aboard the MS Sea Princess during a seven-week cruise in 2016 from Britain to Ireland, the United States, Bermuda, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile then Australia.

The two were given first class cruise tickets worth $20,000 and 4000 euro spending money.

Roberge, Lagacé and André Tamine, a 65-year-old Montreal man, were all arrested upon arriving in Australia on August 28, 2016.

It was in Peru that Roberge said she believed, due to multiple trips ashore by four men on the cruise involved in the drug deal, that the cocaine was brought on board.

"Occasionally, when we would attend nightclubs together, he would introduce me to some of his friends, and if I was interested I would spend time with some of these men", Roberge said in an affidavit before the court, according to news.com.au. Adding, "I have devastated so many people in the process". Andre Tamine, 64, is still to face sentencing over his role in the operation.


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