When Melina Roberge was sentenced to 8 years in prison for helping to smuggle $ 21 million of cocaine into Australia, she admitted to having an unusual motive for the crime.
In front of Judge Kate Traill of New South Wales County Court, the 24-year-old said she "liked taking photos of me in exotic places for 'likes' and attention.
As it turned out, she got more attention,
The Canada became known as the "Cocaine Babe" in the Australian media after being arrested for importing 209 pounds of cocaine to Australia on a luxury cruise ship Sea Princess made in several countries of the southern hemisphere station, including Colombia, Peru, New Zealand and Australia. New York Post she stood to earn $ 1
00,000 from the act.
On Wednesday, Roberge stated that her presence helped the drug smugglers. "I should be easy there. I looked like I was on vacation and look like a camouflage for everyone else," she told the judge, according to CNN.
Judge Traill confirmed that Roberge seemed genuinely remorseful and had "a good chance of rehabilitation".
Nonetheless, the judge appeared speechless and critical of Roberge's motivations, saying that social media could sometimes be a destructive force.
"She wanted to be the envy of others, I doubt she is now," Traill said after the Sydney Morning Herald .
"This is a sad indictment of their age group in our society," said the judge. "It is sad that they are trying to achieve such an empty existence where their" currency "is their currency."
Traill added, "This highlights the negative impact of social media on young women."