Porn star Isabelle Lagace is on her way back to Canada this weekend on deportation orders since her arrest in 2016 for importing cocaine. The 28-year-old adult star has been in prison in New South Wales with fellow French Canadian Melina Roberge when they were arrested on board the luxury MS Sea Princess while on a port stop. 

The pair boarded the MS Sea Princess in Southampton in June 2016 and had been posting Instagram images of themselves at a number of exotic port stops before getting a hold of 95kgs of cocaine in Peru en route to Australia. 

Upon boarding the ship on the morning of Aug. 28, 2016, Australia Border Force officers found the drug haul stashed inside the suitcases of Lagace and Roberge who were both aged 23 at the time.

The cocaine found in their possession had an estimated value of about $21 million. 

Lagace and Roberge were part of a seven-member drug cartel aboard the luxury cruise ship but were the only ones charged among their associates. Both women had agreed to become drug mules to pay off debts they had accrued in Canada. 

The two women had been lured into making the trip with first-class cruise tickets worth $20,000, plus $6000 spending money and the promise of more money for delivery.

Roberge revealed in court that they had been recruited by a “sugar daddy” who promised they could earn up to $100,000 if they walked the cocaine through customs undetected. The much older man allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with Roberge, paying for expenses in return for her working as an escort.

According to News.com Australia, Lagace had pleaded guilty soon after she was arrested on August 28. She was sentenced to a maximum of seven years and six months in prison on charges of attempting to traffic 29 kgs of drugs.  

In a different turn of events, NSW District Court Judge Kate Traill ordered Lagace’s release after a non-parole period of four years and six months which brings her apparent release and deportation date to February 27, 2021. 

Roberge on the other hand is serving a slightly longer sentence on the same charge and is due for release on May  27 after she tried to protest her innocence before the NSW District court, with her lawyer claiming she was unaware of the cocaine in her friend’s luggage in the cabin they shared

Lagace is expected to be released by the Federal Attorney-General into the custody of the Department of Home Affairs and deported back to Canada, 

The Federal Attorney-General’s office refused to comment on Lagace’s case, “or disclose the details of individual federal offenders, and decisions in relation to federal parole matters”, The Daily Star wrote.

The maximum penalty for importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, a federal offense in Australia, is life imprisonment.

MS Independence of the Seas, a Freedom-class cruise ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line MS Independence of the Seas, a Freedom-class cruise ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line Getty Images | Horacio Villalobos - Corbis