South America

‘Her explanation is not credible’


Cassandra Sainsbury’s family fears for her safety in an overcrowded Colombian jail. Picture: Instagram

COLOMBIAN police believe Australian woman Cassie Sainsbury, arrested for allegedly having an estimated US$1 million (AU$1.3 million) worth of cocaine in her luggage, could have been working as a drug mule.

Jorge Mendoza, the ports and airports director for Colombia’s anti-narcotic police, says he doubted the 22-year-old’s story that she didn’t know the drugs were hidden inside 18 headphone boxes.

And an expert on the South American drug trade also believes it’s unlikely the Adelaide personal trainer didn’t know about the illicit haul in her luggage.

Sainsbury was arrested at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota on April 12 after a tip-off she was smuggling 5.8kg of cocaine.

“She could possibly be a drug mule,” Mendoza told ABC radio through an interpreter on Tuesday.

“In going through security we found she had 18 packets inside her luggage, which even before openi…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/world/south-america/accused-aussie-drug-mule-cassie-sainsburys-family-worried-for-her-safety-in-dangerous-colombian-jail/news-story/0fe8b573abc577d6eabd175c56fe0ba8

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