TRIAL PUT OFF SyndicatedNews NEWS2 Comments [Above] Mélina Roberge and Isabelle Lagacé were the two women used as drug mules to attempt to bring in commercial quantities of cocaine into Australia.Three Quebecers accused of importing cocaine into Australia aboard a luxury cruise ship last year have seen their cases put off until later this summer.Melina Roberge, Andre Tamine and Isabelle Lagace all appeared before a judge in Sydney.A court clerk says Roberge, 23, and Tamine, 64, have been ordered to stand trial on Aug. 28.On Wednesday 22 year old Mélina Roberge’s sobbing and wailing could be heard as magistrate Robert Williams committed her to stand trial on a charge of importing cocaine on the Sea Princess cruise ship just a few months ago this past August.Dressed in a crimson red jacket, everyone could hear Mélina Roberge sobbing throughout the 30-minute court proceeding as she wiped the tears draining out of her nostrils. Black mascara streamed down her face when she briefly stood to address the magistrate, saying “no” when asked if she wanted to answer to the charge.Neither Roberge nor Tamine entered a formal plea, but the clerk said it’s assumed they’ve pleaded not guilty.Tamine has been denied bail, while Roberge will attempt to secure bail at a hearing set for Feb. 9.Lagace, 28, pleaded guilty last December and will be sentenced June 30.The three were arrested Aug. 29 after the MS Sea Princess docked in Sydney.The two women boarded the ship in Southampton, on England’s south coast.The women were sharing a cabin and gained international notoriety following their arrests for having posted numerous photos online of their exotic travels.It isn’t clear if they are somehow linked to Tamine.Australian Border Force used detection dogs to help police allegedly find 95 kilograms of cocaine packed in suitcases. The drugs were worth an estimated $30.5 million.Each was charged with one count of bringing a commercial quantity of cocaine into the country.As she was moved through the hallways from the cells beneath the court and brought into the court room itself, everyone could hear her crying get louder and louder. She was accompanied by Corrective Services officers at all times. And she had reason to cry since her companion, Isabella Lagace has already pleaded guilty.While the case against Lagace is circumstantial at best since she is never seen carrying that luggage in any of the closed circuit television monitor video. Her fingerprints also do not appear on any of the luggage that carried the cocaine. Having used the same emergency contacts with the same numbers did however tie the young women to one another.But she said Ms Roberce had booked her ticket for the trip with another man who was not associated with the criminal enterprise behind the drug deal.However, Ms Lagace and Mr Tamine had booked their cruise – which visited Colombia, French Polynesia Chile, Peru and New Zealand – together, Ms Mathur told the court.Ms Mathur said that Ms Roberge should escape being committed for trial because she was only guilty by her association with Ms Lagace.On CCTV footage of Ms Roberge embarking and disembarking the Sea Princess, she had “nothing in her possession except a wallet or mobile phone”.Ms Lagace 28, carried both an iPhone and a BlackBerry (known as a device “that is impossible to decode”). Trying to act like an old criminal professional she told the police “you won’t be getting that” when they asked for its password.Ms Mathur said that Ms Lagace had admitted at one point that she owned the suitcase in which cocaine was later found.Ragni Mathur, Barrister represents RobergeMs. Roberge, Ms. Lagace and Andre Jorge Tamine, 64 years of age were detained by Australian Federal Police, when their cruise ship docked in Sydney Harbour.The reason the three of them were arrested simultaneously was because they had remained together for the entire trip. Lagace and Tamine’s tickets were purchased together – Roberge’s ticket was not.Although Tamine and Lagace’s tickets were purchased together, she has cut a deal.Last week, Magistrate Robert Williams committed the third defendant Andre Tamine to stand trial on February 3, after he waived his right to have a committal hearing.Lagacé entered a plea of guilty to the charge of attempting to import a commercial quantity of cocaine and will be sentenced on the same date so she has likely cut a deal. The maximum penalty for smuggling a commercial quantity of cocaine, a federal offence in Australia, is life imprisonment.Roberge ‘s attorney, Ragni Mathur, contended that her client was unaware of the cocaine in her friend’s luggage in the cabin they shared.Four additional male passengers had traveled with the three accused on the cruise, Mathur said. That means this drug bust had 7 people traveling together not 3.Mathur also told the court that Roberge had booked her ticket for the trip with another man who was not associated with the criminal enterprise behind the drug deal. Whereas, Isabelle Lagacé and Andre Tamine had booked their cruise, together, Ms Mathur.The cruise visited Colombia, French Polynesia Chile, Peru and New Zealand.The three were charged in Australia with drug smuggling and were refused bail Wednesday after making a court appearance in Sydney, Australia. Isabelle Lagace, 28, has apparently already cut a plea deal with authorities as she has entered a guilty. It is known that when addressing a group of defenders, the first one that cuts a deal usually does so for a break in either time or jail treatment.Neither Andre Tamine, 64 or Melina Roberge, 23, have not entered pleas. The trio was arrested in late August after the MS Sea Princess, operated by California-based Princess Cruises, berthed in the Australian metropolis.Detection dogs helped police allegedly find 95 kilograms of cocaine in their suitcases, according to Australian Border Force commander Tim Fitzgerald.Fitzgerald alleged at the end of August that 35 kilograms of cocaine were found in suitcases in a cabin the women shared and 60 kilograms were discovered in the man’s luggage in a separate cabin. The drugs were worth an estimated $30.5 million.The next court date is Dec. 7. The Sydney courthouse affirmed that only Isabelle Lagace had entered a guilty plea.All three Montreal, Canadians face potential life sentences if convicted. But further investigation reveals 4 additional men traveling with the trio so they were not working alone. Authorities had always said that a project this large was not a simple drug trafficking case but that the group was part of a well organized drug cartel. Isabelle Lagacé, 28 has pleaded guilty of the charge importing a commercial quantity of cocaine into Australia.She pleaded guilty last week and will be sentenced in February of 2017. It is likely that she is facing life imprisonment as that is currently the charge for this crime in Australia.Arrested along with her were Melina Roberge, 23 and Andre Jorge Tamine who celebrated his 64th birthday in custody. The three were arrested when they pulled into Sydney were an informant had already warned Australian authorities that the amount of cocaine was arriving on the MS SEA PRINCESS cruise ship.When Australian authorities brought cocaine sniffer dogs aboard, the dogs went directly to the luggage of the three. The trio was allowed to take the entire cruise before reaching the Australian stop that yielded 95 kilos of cocaine valued at $30 million Australian dollars.Before arriving at their Sudney port-of-call, the two women whose passage cost $20,000.00 each had published numerous photos of themselves partying in New York City, mountain biking in Peru and drinking coconut milk in French Polynesia.Melina is expected to appear in court this week and Andre Jorge Tamine 64 will appear in court in 2017. This shipment was the largest commercial amount ever seized by the Australian police.Three Canadian passengers – 22-year-old Melina Roberge, 28-year-old Isabelle Lagace, and 64-year-old Andre Jorge Tamine (all from Montreal, Quebec, Canada), boarded The Sea Princess Cruise Ship at the British port city of Southampton, England.The ship was built in 1998 by Fincantieri Rieste Italy and its California based owner/holding company is Princess Cruises. The cruise for the trio would be the trip of a lifetime, lasting two months and ending in Australia.The Sea Princess cruises under the Bermuda flag, is armed with a crew of 910 and can host anywhere from 2,014 to 2,017 guests. The ship was last remodeled in 2015. The three drug smugglers somehow got 200+ lbs. of cocaine on the ship and all of it was found in their luggage only.Video provided by the Australian Government’s Dept. of Immigration and Border Protection. We added no audio as it is an official documentation of the search.The cruise ship stopped at a multitude of Central and South American ports before reaching Australia for the last leg of the so called 66 day trip so authorities were not sure of a few details but they were definitely armed with a great deal of Canadian Police Intelligence compiled within the last 10 years.This photo most appropriately depicts the girls’ future. In Jamaica, locals braid your hair. In Latin American port stops, face painting always offers “Day of The Dead” makeup.Once the ship was berthed at the Australian port, on the 51st day of the 66 day cruise, the Australian authorities who had been working with American Home land Security Agents and Canadian Border Agents, brought drug detecting dogs aboard and had the dogs pass by all 2,000 cabins. But the authorities already had these three in their scopes, long before their arrival.When the dogs stopped in front of a cabin shared by Roberg and Lagace, the dogs signaled their handlers that there were drugs in the room. The search of their suit cases resulted in the find of 35 kilograms of cocaine and the dogs also stopped and sat in front of another cabin occupied by the 63 year old Andre Jorge Tamine. A search of his luggage resulted in the find of 60 kilograms of cocaine. The three were more or less ambushed by Australia’s dog sniffing task force. The trio did not get to disembark onto Australia’s shore.The Australian authorities search resulted in the find of about $23 Australian dollars worth of million dollars worth of cocaine.Australian Border Force Commander Tim Fitzgerald told the press that this was the largest narcotics seizure there had ever been in Australia of drugs carried in by passengers traveling by cruise ship or airlines.The trio appeared before a judge on Monday morning. The three will remain behind bars until October 26, their next scheduled court appearance.Roberg, Lagace and Tamine did not apply for bail and the Judge formally denied bail anyway.Fitzgerald told the reporters that the three were part of a very sophisticated and very organized drug syndicate and that this particular ship, considering its port of calls was already suspect as it was. The three, if found guilty (which looks very likely) will be joining the Australian prison population. Its numbers are as follows…Australian adult prisoner numbers continue to rise…The number of prisoners in adult corrective services custody increased by 7% from 33,789 prisoners at 30 June, 2014 to 36,134 at 30 June, 2015.The national imprisonment rate was 196 prisoners per 100,000 adult population, a 6% increase from 186 prisoners per 100,000 adult population in 2014.Unsentenced prisoners increase by 21 per cent…The number of unsentenced prisoners in adult corrective services custody increased by 21% from 8,213 prisoners at 30 June, 2014 to 9,898 at 30 June, 2015. Sentenced prisoners increased by 3% from 25,513 to 26,163 prisoners.An assistant commissioner of Australia’s strategic border command, Clive Murray, told the press that the incident demonstrated international co-operation in the fight against world-wide drug trafficking professionals.“These drug syndicates should be on notice that the Australian Border Force is aware of all of the different ways they attempt to smuggle drugs into our country and we are working with a range of international agencies to stop them,” he said.One of the many aspects of the investigation being conducted surrounds whether the three boarded the ship with the drugs in the UK (unlikely) or whether they picked the drugs up along the trip’s various South American ports of call i.e., Colombia, Ecuador, Peru or Chile.Then again, the authorities are investigating if the three had help from cruise ship employees already aboard the ship or perhaps even ship related land based workers before the three boarded the ship at the Southampton, UK port or if they received inside help from cruise ship employees along the way.On the matter of vigilance, Clean Cruising allows anyone to view any ship’s current location no matter where the ship is (either on the sea or in port) in real time. The company also offers real-time views of the ship’s port and aft webcams. There is even a 24/7 camera running on the bridge on all ships. The webcams generally auto-refresh every 60 seconds. That means that all ships can be monitored ’round the clock. Additionally, ships routinely carry thousands of CCTV cameras in their public areas.Click image below to view live webcam identifying the ship’s current location in real time. The view through the webcam is in real time. The more interesting aspect of this story is that all three suspects are from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Photos of the two beautiful young bikini-clad women have been distributed and published on websites internationally, but not a single photo of the 63 year old Andre Jorge Tamine appears in any of the articles.While we were unable to find current photos of the 63 year old Andre Jorge Tamine, SNN.BZ did find an interesting advertisement on Facebook posted five years ago in 2011. This advertisement may lead to how these pretty young women wound up traveling with a man 40 years their senior.If the 63 year old Andre Jorge Tamine is being protected (hence his photo not shown) it is likely because he was possibly working with the authorities. There must be a reason why Canadian and Australian authorities are not divulging his photo. However, hundreds of people were on that ship and they very likely saw Tamine with the two young beauties.Many passengers must have taken Andre Jorge Tamine’s photo during this cruise when they saw him accompanying these babes. And whenever people see a young beautiful girl(s) and in this case – two of them – with an older man, the joke has always been “She’s with him for drugs or money.”People will be people and there is no way that hundreds of other passengers didn’t take pictures of these three if only for the sheer reality that the 63 year old Andre Jorge Tamine was living the life that most men admire.And if Andre Jorge Tamine is actually a narc, or had gone through with this voyage knowing the authorities were already on to them, there again, the authorities can’t stop the hundreds of passengers sailing on the same ship with this trio from having taken pictures of these girls and the 63 year old Tamine. If not today, his photo will show up in public photos eventually.Currently, all that is known about (or all that people will say) about Andre Jorge Tamine, 63 is that he lived alone in a suburb of Montreal. He’s reported to have always lived alone in a small apartment and earned his living by running a commercial cleaning business.Isabelle Lagacé, had a secret past as a porn model. Her father Jacques Lagacé said he had no idea who the 63 year old Andre Jorge Tamine was.Isabelle Lagacé had a serious porno life before she left on the cruise.Isabelle Lagacé earned a living via porno for some timeMore importantly, if he is a narc or was turning state’s evidence it means he took the trip, enjoyed the best days of his life knowing that in the end, he was delivering these young girls to the end of their lives. Francois Bonnardel, a Brandy politician has known Isabele’s father for over 20 years.This is a wake up call for any parent or relative whose youngster announces he or she has won a free all expense paid trip. Unless the trip was won from a legitimate source such as a church raffle, state lottery or some other legal method, one should warn young people that the ruse is likely crime related. Thousands of innocent young people are used as mules all the time. Sadly, they often die along the way when the capsules they’ve swallowed burst in their intestines and enter their blood stream.And Australia in particular, is no joke when it comes to bringing commercial amounts of drugs into their country. Their “light sentence” is “life in prison.”If you sailed on the Sea Princess on the same cruise with this trio, we seek photos of the 63 year old Andre Tamine aka Andre Jorge Tamine who is the man that accompanied and likely paid for the two girls to accompany him on the Sea Princess out of the UK – destination Australia. If you have images of the older man accompanying the girls, please send images to [email protected]Everything we turned up in researching for this story is circumstantial, but all together, these facts offer a highly interesting set of repeated “coincidences.”An advertisement was posted five years ago on a Facebook account owned by a man by the same name as the man arrested with the two young drug traffickers in Australia.He uses his account stating he either works for or he owns a vacation rental business which is operating in the Montreal, Quebec, Canada downtown business district.[Left] Facebook photo of Andre Tamine.The young man in the photo seems to be anywhere from his late twenties to mid-thirties. That leads us to believe that the photo is that of either Andre Tamine’s son or nephew by the same name. Then again the fact that they are both from Montreal, Quebec, Canada could be a total coincidence. Then again, maybe not!The five year old advertisement was posted on Facebook December 13, 2011 and it offered that anyone renting one of their beautifully furnished vacation rental apartments would be eligible to “win a free trip for two to Miami” and that “the prize included round trip airfare from anywhere in the world…”That free airfare offer from anywhere in the world may be how this organization recruited 22-year-old Melina Roberge and 28-year-old Isabelle Lagace (and who knows how many others) to what was actually a drug mule job and not just a free, all expense paid vacation. I visited the website attached to the Andre Tamine name myself and was prompted by an “instant chat” initiated by an employee or owner on the site asking me if I needed any help setting up a vacation.The site is working perfectly well and their offerings are now for four luxury vacation rentals. They no longer offer a Miami, Florida apartment rental but the set up shows there was a Miami offering.If I am mistaken, then I just gave away great free publicity to this Montreal, Quebec, Canada vacation rental business and if I am right then we should begin to connect the dots.Canadian authorities might or might not be looking for this young man to see if there is a connection between the two men who happen to share the same name, and if there is a connection, they should question how many people actually won the “free airfare for two” prize (and how often).It’s possible that the free trip for two to Miami promotion was just a ploy to bring in people wanting the free travel, not realizing they’d be transporting drugs.The reason that possibility occurs to me is because in the seventies and eighties, the Village Voice Newspaper in New York City advertised hundreds of courier jobs where one would receive free round-trip airfare if one would allow NYC law firms sending documents to European law firms to use ones luggage to carry the documents.On arrival at Gatwick (the most popular British airport at the time), a representative from the agency would take ones luggage to the law firm. Having an individual literally bring the documents ensured the documents arrived for trials already underway in European courts. It was imperative that the documents arrive without interruption.Courier companies are well paid for delivering things quickly. Frequently, time is very important with business documents, spare parts for an urgent repair, or an item critical to prove a case.On some routes, the larger companies have their own planes, but for other routes and smaller firms the companies face the obstacle of getting the items through air freight and customs. Getting an item through customs could take days, weeks or months.The fastest legal way to get an item through is to send the piece as checked luggage accompanied by a human being.Courier companies routinely book one seat each way, every day on flights between two major business centers. For example, from New York to Hong Kong or New York to Singapore or Sydney. The seats are always economy class, generally on major airlines, and usually booked on a flight that departs in the evening.Being a courier for documents or repair parts was a very cheap way to travel. The only thing you had to supply was your accommodations and if you have friends in your destination city – then you merely feed yourself.The Facebook vacation rental website advertising a “free round trip to Miami from anywhere in the world” originally offered vacation rentals for five apartments but they now offer ONLY three luxury apartments. The site also offers an “Executive Stays” listing but it shows no photos and they no longer post a Miami apartment. That doesn’t mean they don’t offer it – it means they no longer post it on their website. Here is the website page connected to Andre Tamine…Click the image to proceed to the website… The luxury Montreal, Quebec, Canada luxury vacation rentals are physically located at the following addresses…APARTMENT NUMBER 1 – The V: Physical building and condo address is: 360 Boulevard René-Lévesque O, 360 Boulevard René-Lévesque O, Montréal, QC H2Z, Canada APARTMENT NUMBER 2 – Le 400 Sherbrooke Ouest: (1st condo company owns in same building) Physical building and condo address is interesting because it is a 37 floor luxury condo building literally connected/adjoined to the Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Hotel. Address: 400 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 0B1, Canada APARTMENT NUMBER 3 – Le 400: (2nd condo company owns in same building) Physical building and condo address is interesting because it is a 37 floor luxury condo building literally connected/adjoined to the Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Hotel. Address: 400 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 0B1, Canada APARTMENT NUMBER 4 – Le 1009: 1009 Rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H2Z 0A3, Canada They website offers another luxury address for “Corporate Stays” but does not show photo of the actual condo. This photo was taken by Google as recently as July 2006: The building is located at 360 RENÉ-LÉVESQUE OUEST, MONTREAL, QUEBECWhere they previously offered a Miami Vacation Rental, when you click the link, you’re taken to a page saying”Oops! That page can’t be found.”Since it has been our experience that Facebook pages are removed when scrutinized, we copy the pages in case they choose to take them down. Here are the pages attached to the name of Andre Tamine…The apartments do not belong to an agency or a corporate business entity. We contacted the luxury apartment rental business and they immediately made contact through their insta-chat. We asked if they “owned” the apartments for third parties and they responded saying “we own them.”If it is true that Andre Tamine (whom happens to share the name with the man just arrested with two young girls in Australia with 200+ lbs of cocaine) owns these spectacular pieces of real estate, then we’re talking about a “business organization” that is as large as any modern day corporation.The only other thing posted on websites all over the world attached to the name of Andre Jorge Tamine are the lovely bathing suit beauties found with commercial amounts of cocaine in their luggage that will result in Australian life prison sentences.And at the risk of being politically incorrect, all eleven (11) listed friends of Andrew Tamine on Facebook happen to be from the middle east, more specifically Aleppo, Syria.Artistes du Levant is where the young Andre Tamine says he “works.” That happens to be an art gallery. Other than this gallery, the only thing his Facebook page advertises are the “free round trip airfare for two to Miami.”Within days of the news getting out throughout Montreal that the three cocaine mules had been arrested in Australia, Karim Abu Aichi decided to post a “GoFundMe” account to raise money to pay Melina Roberge and Isabelle Lagace’s legal fees accrued by this awful drug transport saga. GoFundMe “terms of service” frown on the site being used for the involvement, help or advancement of criminal behavior.Karim Abu said AichiKarim Abu Aichi, 31, launched a short lived ‘Go Fund Me’ page for the defense of Isabelle Lagace and Melina Roberge. The page has been pulled.Who is Karim Abu Said Aichi? And why would it even occur to him to interfere with this case? He was arrested in 2011 with 24 others in connection under “Operation Carcan,” an operation targeting the Hells Angels on the South Shore of Montreal. He was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy, drug trafficking and gangsterism. Meanwhile, the Sûreté du Québec, known as the Quebec Provincial Police (QPP) noted for the first time in 2011, that Canadian and Quebec-based whom was looking for (and found) Karim Abu Said Aichi (Robinhood trying to use GoFundMe to help the girls) had many friends. Here are just a few of them and their current status…The QPP were investigating cocaine traffickers and noticed an interest in Australia, during an investigation targeting individuals linked to the Hells Angels and an Irish organized crime group in Montreal.During a May 2011 hearing, a Sûreté du Québec (QPP) investigator explained that in Australia and that region of the world, a kilogram of cocaine cost three times as much as it did in Canada “because of the difficulty of getting it into Australia.”The investigator noted that in their probe, one of the members, Frederic Lavoie exchanged encrypted text messages with an individual who asked him if he had any drug mules available to send to Australia.Last year, El Tiempo newspaper in Colombia reported that a dismembered body was found in Sabaneta, Colombia. Federal officials analyzed the body parts and informed Quebec provincial police that the dismembered body parts belonged to Lavoie. He had entered Colombia with a false Bahamian passport in the name of Roberto Clementi Major.Click the image to proceed to the website… At the time, he was among more than 100 people sought by provincial police in a massive anti-drug operation launched in 2012 against bikers, the Mafia and their associates.Within the last five, perhaps ten years, The Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Province and The CBC have been reporting on this matter.Timoleon PsiharisThe published articles and reports revealed that the Colombian officials analyzed the body parts and linked them to Lavoie “before” contacting the Quebec provincial police.The QPP had been looking for Lavoie during their massive anti-drug operation launched in 2012 against bikers, the Mafia and their associates.Investigators suspected that Lavoie’s brutal murder was an act of revenge since he was the second fugitive from the drug ring to be murdered in a grisly fashion.Previous to Lavoie’s murder, his accomplice, 29-year-old Timoleon Psiharis, was tortured, doused with acid and beaten to death in Greece. Psiharis’s body was found in a ditch.According to local police, Lavoie left his Montreal condo when police showed up to arrest him. He was one of almost a dozen reputed drug kingpins who managed to flee the police raids. The drug ring operates under the Hells Angels and the Irish mafia.Their organization was suspected of importing massive amounts of cocaine from Mexican cartels and Police believed the ring brought 75 kilos of cocaine to Canada on a weekly basis between March and October 2012.It’s believed Lavoie’s murder was a settling of accounts. It was reported each kilogram of cocaine could be worth $160,000 in Australia.Isabele Legace worked on Internet porno sites before she was invited to the cocaine cruiseIn the quest for a free two month ’round the world vacation, these two young women have gotten involved with an extremely violent international cartel. Melina Roberge on the left is identified as the cocaine cruiser’s mother. In this photo released by Australia Boarder Force, a suitcase filled with cocaine after it was seized by customs onboard the MS Sea Princess in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. Three Canadian cruise ship passengers were charged with drug smuggling Monday, Aug. 29, after Sydney police allegedly found 95 kilograms (209 pounds) of cocaine in their cabin luggage. The haul valued at 31 million Australian dollars ($23 million) was the largest seizure in Australia of narcotics carried by passengers of a cruise ship or airliner, Australian Border Force commander Tim Fitzgerald said. (Australian Boarder Force via AP)Mélina Roberge. Canadian women accused of smuggling $30m worth of cocaine into SydneyMélina Roberge. Canadian women accused of smuggling $30m worth of cocaine into SydneyMélina Roberge. Canadian women accused of smuggling $30m worth of cocaine into SydneyMelina Roberge and Isabelle Lagace. One of the few photos where both women appear together. Facebook Comments syndicatednews If anyone knows the girls’ parents, please email [email protected] we would like to talk to the parents about this tragedy. Roberto Arguello The other day I was speaking to a shandy character who openly told me the that “everybody has a price” and it seems that these female “mules” had theirs. Australia is not a country you want to try to bring in drugs. If convicted, it’s a life sentence. They are fortunate their handlers didn’t make the mistake of going to a country where if convicted will cause bodily harm. If they had tried to do this in Singapore or the Philippines they would be facing a death sentence.