Part of the alleged haul of 95 kilograms of cocaine. Photo: Department of Immigration and Border ProtectionThree Canadian nationals have been arrested after 95 kilograms of cocaine were allegedly discovered on a cruise ship that docked in Sydney.
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The stash was allegedly found in locked suitcases during a search of two passenger cabins on the Sea Princess when it berthed in Sydney on Sunday morning.

The seized drugs have an estimated street value of $31 million and this is the largest drug bust of its type on board a cruise ship.

Three passengers Andre Tamine, 63, Isabelle Lagace, 28, and Melina Roberce, 22, were charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The three appeared in Sydney’s Central Local Court on Monday.

They did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.

The Australian Border Force said the three were allegedly working with a “very well organised syndicate”.

“These syndicates should be on notice that the Australian Border Force is aware of all the different ways they attempt to smuggle drugs in our country and we are working with a range of international agencies to stop them,” Australian Border Force Assistant Commissioner Clive Murray said

The Sea Princess docked in Sydney on Sunday morning on the final stages of a 66-day world tour.

The ship began the cruise in Britain at the start of July and visited Canada, the United States, parts of South America, including Colombia and Peru, and Auckland before arriving in Sydney.

The Australian Federal Police said they had been working with counterparts in the US, Canada and New Zealand.

Authorities have not disclosed where the three boarded the ship.

The Australian Federal Police said they were not ruling out further arrests and the investigation was ongoing.

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