Two women documented their lavish vacation around the world on Instagram before the true reason behind the trip was revealed -- when they were arrested for smuggling over $39 million in cocaine into Sydney, Australia.
The drug smugglers -- 23-year-old Melina Roberge and 28-year-old Isabelle Lagace -- were on the Sea Princess cruise, which brought them through Britain, Canada, the United States, Colombia, Peru, and Auckland before arriving in Australia.
By looking at the women’s social media accounts, it would appear that they were embarking on a long vacation traveling around the world, living it up and taking part in a variety of activities including sunbathing, visiting Times Square in New York and swimming in Bermuda.
Several pictures show the women drinking from coconuts in Tahiti and getting tattoos on their bodies in Polynesia.
“Traveling is one thing ... But traveling with an open mind, ready to taste everything, see everything, learn everything and get yourself out of your comfort zone .. Is probably the best therapy and lesson ever,” one photo caption read.
“I used to be afraid to get out of my little town and now I feel like I don't want to see that little town anymore cause it's beautiful out there and it's sooo worth it.”
When the women reached Sydney, the second-to-last stop on the 68-day cruise, the Australian Federal Police were waiting for them.
Officers searched the women’s cabins and discovered suitcases full of cocaine worth $39 million dollars.
The women, along with accomplice Andre Tamine, appeared in court in Sydney and were charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug -- which is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison. None of the three applied for bail.
All three people arrested are Canadian nationals, and are believed to have been working for an overseas drug syndicate.
“These syndicates should be on notice that the Australian Border Force is aware of all the different ways they attempt to smuggle drugs in our country and we are working with a range of international agencies to stop them,” Australian Border Force Assistant Commissioner Clive Murray told The Sydney Morning Herald.