Court appearances have been scheduled in October for three Canadians charged with drug smuggling Monday after Australian Police allegedly found 95 kilograms of cocaine in their luggage during a cruise.
The drugs are valued at $31 million Australian dollars (US$23 million), which according to officials with the Australian Border Force is the largest seizure in Australia of narcotics carried by passengers of a cruise ship or airliner.
While berthed in Sydney, Police arrested 63-year-old Andre Tamine, 28-year-old Isabelle Lagace, and 22-year-old Melina Roberce on Sunday on the MS Sea Princess.
The three were charged in the Sydney Central Local Court with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine. As of Monday morning, it appears the suspects have not entered a plea.
All three face potential life sentences if convicted.
Tamine, Lagace, and Roberce will remain in custody until their next court appearance on October 26th.
There are reports the suspects boarded the ship at the British port city of Southampton, and the cruise had roughly 1,800 passengers on board.
Investigators are looking into whether they boarded with the drugs or got them from one of several South American ports the ship visited on its way to Australia.
Police allege 35 kilograms of cocaine were found in suitcases in a cabin the female suspects shared and 60 kilograms of the drug were found in the male’s luggage in a separate cabin.