#UK ‘Cocaine’ Cassie Sainsbury said Gumtree ad started her life trafficking drugs before she was jailed #UKnews
A Gumtree ad saying ‘women we would like you’ led ‘Cocaine’ Cassie Sainsbury to work in a brothel and switch to a life of drug trafficking that might see her locked up in Colombia for six years.
Sainsbury was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine hidden in 18 headphone containers inside her suitcase as she boarded a flight to London from Bogota Airport, Colombia, in April 2017.
The then 22-year-old was jailed in one in all Colombia’s harshest feminine prisons – a stint that might see her attempt to take her personal life – before she was launched on parole in 2020 and eventually returned residence to Australia in current weeks.
When Sainsbury’s enterprise as a private coach failed, she got here throughout a job provide in Gumtree for a ‘gentleman’s membership’ in Sydney.
‘I did not realise it was really a brothel, as a result of it said ‘gentleman’s membership’, and so I imagined a bar,’ she advised 7 News Spotlight.
She was advised she wasn’t ‘reception materials’ and was employed as an escort as a substitute – one thing Sainsbury admits was one of many worst issues she’d ever skilled.
‘Cocaine’ Cassie Sainsbury said she was launched to the drug smuggling underworld in a Sydney brothel (pictured, Sainsbury throughout her tell-all interview with Seven on Sunday)
Sainsbury said working on the brothel as an escort was one of many worst issues she’d ever skilled
She claims she was launched to the organised crime underworld by way of a brothel madam who seen Sainsbury did not get pleasure from ‘entertaining’ shoppers.
‘She was just a little bit sympathetic as a result of, clearly, she realised there are individuals who like doing it and there are individuals who do not,’ she said.
‘She said she had a good friend that was typically in search of employees to do deliveries into Sydney and that he was straightforward going, a very good good friend, dependable, reliable.
‘I felt that she was really making an attempt to assist me.’
Sainsbury said her job was to go round Sydney and ship ‘paperwork’ to high-profile firms within the metropolis’s CBD.
However, she said she by no means suspected she was really delivering cocaine, saying: ‘I was very naive’.
Sainsbury was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine hidden in 18 headphone containers (above) on a flight to London from Bogota in April 2017
Sainsbury tried to take her personal life whereas locked up in Colombia before a fellow inmate pulled her again
‘When I arrived on the constructing (of a supply) the receptionist would take the bundle off me and put it right into a pigeonhole.’
She said she was dropping off the paperwork to respected companies round Sydney together with an orthodontist.
Sainsbury said she would obtain between $100 and $150 per supply and would run anyplace from two to fifteen jobs every week.
‘Confidential was the important thing phrase,’ she said.
However, Sainsbury’s life took a darkish flip when she was requested to choose up some paperwork in London alongside one other employee.
‘We have been advised London, not Colombia,’ Sainsbury said.
Sainsbury said she had unknowingly run drugs round Sydney, believing the packages to be ‘paperwork’ before she was arrested in Colombia (pictured, Sainsbury on her option to court docket in July, 2017)
‘Honestly, I look again now and I was such an fool that I did not see it. I actually thought I was going to retrieve paperwork.’
Her first signal that one thing wasn’t proper was when she boarded her flight and realised she was heading to Bogota, Colombia’s capital, and never London.
‘I did not know the place Bogota was, I needed to look it up,’ Sainsbury said.
‘(I was advised) all the pieces was positive, that it was a minor hiccup and to do as I was advised.’
She had a sinking feeling in regards to the journey and knew she needed to get out, however did not know the way.
‘I did not know easy methods to get residence,’ she said.
‘I’d been advised I was being adopted, that if I did not undergo with it one thing would occur to me’.
But the threats weren’t sufficient to maintain Sainsbury in place. Determined to flee she visited a journey agent to e book the most affordable flight residence.
5.8kg of cocaine was discovered hidden inside 18 headphone circumstances (above) inside Sainsbury’s baggage in 2017
‘When I walked out (one of many drug ring members) was there,’ she said.
‘He took me to his residence and gave me some water, as a result of I’ve by no means been an enormous drinker, and after I drank the water I had no management of my physique.’
Sainsbury said she was drugged, raped and stored prisoner for the rest of her time in Colombia.
‘I believe that is what makes it worse,’ she said, ‘I knew what was occurring however I could not do something.’
‘I wasn’t left alone…I was terrified.’
She claims it was the person who raped her that packed her bag for the flight to London.
Sainsbury said she knew she was carrying cocaine in her bag however had no escape as a result of she was stored underneath fixed watch and repeatedly threatened (pictured, Sainsbury on her option to court docket in November, 2017)
‘I knew what was in it, I did not know one other manner out.’
Sainsbury described going via airport safety, the aid when she checked in her bag and the horror when her title was referred to as over a loudspeaker on the flight gates.
She said 4 cops met her and took her to a non-public room the place 18 headphones circumstances have been laid out on a desk.
At first she was relieved and thought there was an opportunity she was solely smuggling electronics.
‘Stupid me did not suppose within the packets of headphones have been rolls of cocaine,’ she said.
She reported the connection between the Sydney brothel and the cocaine syndicate to the Australian Federal Police however they didn’t examine it.
The AFP confirmed each Sainsbury’s submission and the shortage of follow-up investigation to Seven.
Sainsbury was simply 22 when was sentenced to 6 years in jail.
She says her time within the jail will stick with her ceaselessly.
‘It was horrible, I noticed folks die,’ she said. ‘I noticed folks get stabbed, I noticed folks hold themselves.’
Eventually the ‘helplessness’ within the jail bought one of the best of Sainsbury and she tried to take her personal life by leaping from the jail’s fourth flooring.
‘Cocaine’ Cassie Sainsbury (above) said she was raped after she tried to flee Colombia in 2017
But one other inmate grabbed her as she was about to go over the sting and advised her not to surrender.
‘When I went to take the step off, I felt somebody pull me again,’ Sainsbury said.
‘She advised me off. She principally said that there is gentle on the finish of the tunnel.’
Luckily, Sainsbury made it via her time within the jail and was capable of meet the love of her life, Tatiana after she was launched.
‘We had shared a gaggle of buddies and one evening we went out for a birthday and we actually hit it off,’ she said.
Sainsbury said she tried to take her life whereas in one in all Colombia’s harshest feminine prisons (pictured, Sainsbury throughout a court docket listening to in August, 2017)
The two started their relationship mid-last 12 months and Sainsbury said Tatiana was understanding of her felony historical past.
‘I shared all the pieces with her about all the pieces,’ she said.
‘Basically (Tatiana) said she wasn’t going to evaluate me on my previous, she was actually mature about the entire scenario.
‘I really feel like I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. It’s good to really feel like I will be myself with no judgement from somebody who’s at all times there for me.’
Sainsbury is now married to her Colombian spouse Tatiana and says she is now not ‘the scared little individual that I was six years in the past’ (pictured, Sainsbury and Tatiana at their wedding ceremony in March)
The pair married in March this 12 months in a glamorous ceremony on a non-public island in Colombia.
Ms Sainsbury dazzled in a chic wedding ceremony gown whereas her accomplice opted for a smart-looking and polished swimsuit with a pink bow tie.
Heartwarming images present the smitten couple celebrating the particular evening.
In one last message, Sainsbury said she’s now not afraid and will not enable herself to be taken benefit of once more.
‘I’m not scared. Going via what I’ve gone via is what made me realise that I am unable to be scared,’ she said.
‘I can get up for myself, I’ve learnt to do it.
‘I’m not the scared little individual that I was six years in the past.’
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