Porn star turned ‘cocaine babe’ for Instagram ‘likes’ to be deported

An ex-porn star who travelled the world smuggling cocaine is set to be deported from Australia.

Glamorous Isabelle Lagace, 28, has been locked up since 2016 following her arrest in Sydney, onboard the luxury MS Sea Princess cruise ship.

Lagace and fellow French Canadian, Melina Roberge shared photos of themselves on Instagram at exotic port stops before collecting 95kg of cocaine in Peru en route to Australia.

On arrival in Australia at around 6am on August 28, 2016, Border Force officers found £12 million worth of drugs hidden in their suitcases. Andre Tamine, 67, was also detained.

They were part of a seven-member drug cartel aboard the MS Sea Princess but were the only ones charged with the drug haul, news.com.au reports.

The women from Quebec, who were 23 at the time boarded the luxury cruise ship in June 2016 as drug mules to pay off major debts they had racked up.

Roberge revealed a "sugar daddy" recruiter told them they could earn up to £55,000 if they walked the cocaine through customs undetected.

Lagace is due for release three months sooner than Roberge because she pleaded guilty to attempting to traffic 29kg of drugs.

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She is expected to be released by the Federal Attorney-General into the custody of the Department of Home Affairs and deported back to Canada.

The Federal Attorney-General’s office refused to comment on Ms Lagace’s case, "or disclose the details of individual federal offenders, and decisions in relation to federal parole matters".

Roberge was told "to take pictures of myself in exotic locations and post them on Instagram to receive likes" as a decoy for the operation.

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The ship made stops at Bermuda, Panama and Ecuador and the Peruvian capital of Lima to become a “floating warehouse” of drugs.

Roberge was paid to sleep with both her 'sugar daddy' and other men he introduced her to in nightclubs in Morocco.

She was found guilty, and District Court Judge Kate Traill criticised her as "vacuous" for her wanting to embark on the cruise that would bring her likes on Instagram.

Judge Traill said: "She was seduced by lifestyle and the opportunity to post glamorous Instagram photos from around the world.

"This highlights the negative influence of social media on young women."

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