Bogota, Colombia: Australian woman detained for smuggling cocaine at airport

Posted on September 28, 2017 • Filed under: Colombia, Crime, Drug Activity


May 2, 2017 – The purchase of a last-minute airline ticket in Hong Kong rang alarm bells among US drug agencies, which led to the arrest of Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury in Colombia on drugs charges.

The Australian newspaper has reported that the ticket, bought by an unknown party for a flight to Colombia via London, raised a red flag with the US Drug Enforcement Agency who reportedly tipped off Colombian authorities.

Suspicions at the DEA were raised by the fact the plane ticket indicated Ms Sainsbury would travel alone and for a short period.

Channel Seven reported that US authorities may have provided her passport details to Colombian police in April 5, reportedly with a warning she may try to smuggle drugs.

As Ms Sainsbury’s family maintains she was duped into carrying 5.8kg of cocaine in her luggage by a male acquaintance who sold her 15 cheap sets of headphones, reports from the Colombian capital claim she was identified as a possible drug smuggler to local authorities before she departed for the airport.

Ms Sainsbury arrived in Colombia on April 3 and Channel Seven reports from Bogota say the US DEA forwarded her photograph and passport details to Colombian police as early as April 5, warning she may attempt to smuggle cocaine.

Ms Sainsbury was apprehended at Bogota’s international airport on April 12 Read Full Article

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