Accused drug mule, Cassie Sainsbury, has revealed she thought she was carrying documents, not drugs when she attempted to board a flight from Columbia to London.
The Australian said she had no idea who she was working for when she accepted the job which promised to earn her $10,000.
She was caught with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine at the El Dorado International Airport in April and has been kept in a Columbian women’s prison since.
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The 22-year-old told 60 Minutes she tried to back out of the deal when she realised it was suspicious.
“I started saying, ‘I don’t want any part of this’ because I didn’t come here to do anything illegal, I didn’t come here to risk my life,” Ms Sainsbury said.
However, she said she was forced into taking the package.
“I didn’t know exactly what was in (the box) … I didn’t know it was headphones,” she said.
“I wasn’t allowed to touch, it was packed in my suitcase.
“It was locked and that was it.”
A man called Angelo allegedly sent photos of her mother, sister and fiancé threatening to kill them if she did not take the package.
The images had been filmed in South Australia and sent to her as picture messages over the mobile phone app WhatsApp.
Ms Sainsbury claims she has the evidence to support her story, but can’t remember the passcode to unlock her phone.
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) September 24, 2017