One of 3 Quebecers accused of smuggling drugs in Australia abandons bail bid

Quebec drug suspect in Australia drops bail bid

SYDNEY, Australia — One of three Quebecers accused of trying to import a large amount of cocaine into Australia last year will remain in custody until her trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 28.

A lawyer for Melina Roberge of Granby, Que., was scheduled to file a bail application today, but a court clerk in Sydney says the lawyer withdrew the request.

Roberge, 23, was arrested with Isabelle Lagace, 28, and Andre Tamine, 64, on Aug. 29, 2016 after the luxury cruise ship MS Sea Princess docked in Sydney.

Australian authorities allegedly found 95 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $30.5 million packed in suitcases. The Quebecers were each charged with one count of bringing a commercial quantity of cocaine into the country.

Lagace pleaded guilty in December and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 30.

Tamine trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 28. Bail applications filed on behalf of Lagace and Tamine had earlier been denied.

The Canadian Press

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