Cassie Sainsbury Exclusive: “I’m no longer Cocaine Cassie”

On this week’s episode, our guest is a young woman who has been through hell and back and is finally ready to tell her harrowing story.

On April 11, 2017, the world was introduced to 22-year-old Cassie Sainsbury, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed young lady from Adelaide in South Australia. Cassie was a personal trainer, she was engaged to marry a man named Scott Broadbridge and she had a close, loving family.

But Cassie’s face was splashed all over the news for a sinister reason. She’d just been arrested at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia after custom officers found 5.8kg of cocaine wrapped inside her luggage. The drugs had been stashed inside the packaging of headphones.

A photo of Cassie stood beside the 18 tightly-wrapped packages is now an iconic picture. From the outside, she didn’t look like a criminal at all.

Her story shocked millions of people. How could this seemingly innocent, wide-eyed girl from the Adelaide suburbs be a drug mule?

Cassie pleaded with authorities, telling them she’d been set up. She had no idea there was cocaine inside her bag.

“I didn’t do it mum, you have got to get me out,” a hysterical Cassie said during a chilling phone call home after her arrest.

But Cassie’s proclamations of innocence fell on deaf ears. She was charged with drug trafficking and held in a Colombian prison, awaiting trial. Under Colombian law, a drug trafficker faces life in prison.

It was just the start of a three-year nightmare for the young personal trainer. She tells her story on today’s episode.


 

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