The first photos have emerged of a young Australian woman who claims she was tricked into smuggling millions of dollars worth of drugs out of Colombia. Handcuffed and standing behind 5.8 kilograms of cocaine wrapped in black plastic, Cassandra Sainsbury could face 25 years in a South American jail if found guilty.
The 22-year-old told her family she thought the packages were 15 headphones a local man posing as a translator had arranged to buy for her at a discount.
But she was arrested at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá on April 11 on her way back to Australia after an X-ray search allegedly revealed something suspicious in her luggage.
Lt Colonel Jorge Triana, head of anti-narcotics police at the airport, told Daily Mail Australia he didn’t believe Cassandra’s headphone story.
Lt Colonel Triana said drug mules often feigned ignorance when they were caught. Lt Colonel Triana said even if Cassandra didn’t know about the drugs she likely faced jail time either way.
Cassandra’s family insisted she was an innocent victim being ‘set up’ by a man she had just met.