The Woman Who Smuggled $22 Million in Cocaine on a Luxury Cruise — and Instagrammed it All — Has Learned Her Fate

"This will haunt me for the rest of my life."

You know that feeling when you're on the vacation of a lifetime, and it all goes south when authorities bust you smuggling 200 pounds of cocaine? No, you don't? Oh, right. 

But there is someone who does know that feeling, and she has just learned the consequences of her actions.

Last year, Isabelle Lagace, who is now 29, was sharing envy-inspiring snaps on social media from a baller journey around the world aboard the MS Sea Princess, which takes 2,000 passengers on stops from Southampton in the U.K. to Sydney at the ticket cost of about $15,000 per person.

At the last stop, it all ended when border agents, the Australian Federal Police, and sniffing dogs found the suitcase containing about 30 kilos of cocaine in her shared cabin, with a value estimated around $21.5 million. 

Late last year, she pleaded guilty to importing “a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug,” but said an unnamed person gave her an ultimatum to do so as a way of clearing a $20,000 debt, according to the Daily Mail. She also said she had received unspecified threats. 

Unconvinced, the judge imposed a sentence of seven and a half years, but she’s likely to go free in 2021. And when sentenced, Lagace took full responsibility for what she did.  

“I have embarrassed my family, my friends, myself,” she said. “It pains me to know that my defining years of womanhood will be spent in prison halfway around the world.”

According to the Mail, Lagace said she was angry to have gotten wrapped up in the “dirty, filthy drug trade." And she said, “This will haunt me for the rest of my life."

Photo: Melina Roberge/Instagram

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