Glamorous cruise ship cocaine importer Melina Roberge has been sentenced to eight years in prison by a female judge who delivered a blistering attack on “vacuous” and “negative” Instagram.
Roberge, 24, wept silently as she received both a longer maximum and minimum sentence than her co-accused 30-year-old former porn star — Isabelle Lagace — who had received a discount for an early guilty plea.
Roberge will serve a minimum four years and nine months in prison, with her earliest release date in May 2021, three months after Lagace’s non parole period expires.
The 24-year-old, the youngest of three Canadians who imported 209 lbs. cocaine on a luxury cruise,made world headlines when she and Lagace’s Instagram posts of their exotic port stops.
On Wednesday, NSW District Court Judge Kate Traill attacked one of Roberge’s motivations for taking the drug cruise.
“It is a very sad indictment on her relative age group in society to seem to get self worth relative to posts on Instagram,” Judge Traill said while addressing a sometimes tearful Roberge.
“It is sad they seek to attain such a vacuous existence where how many likes they receive are their currency.
“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.”
Judge Traill, who also accepted that Roberge’s motivation to do the drug run was financial, revealed that the offender had been sexually involved with the “sugar daddy” who recruited her