Friendless and unemployed: Casey Cocaine shares her struggles adjusting to life back home after three years in a Colombian prison: ‘I’ve been trying to get my life together’
- “Cocaine Cassie” reveals his suffering after prison
- She was caught smuggling cocaine in 2017
Convicted drug trafficker Cassie Sainsbury, also known as “Cocaine Cassie”, has revealed that she has been abandoned by her friends since returning home to Australia.
Sainsbury, 28, was caught in April 2017 trying to smuggle 5.8kg of cocaine from Colombia hidden in headphones and was jailed for three years.
She returned to her hometown of Adelaide in August for the first time in five years, bringing his new wife, Tatiana, with her.
The duo got married a year ago after meeting at a Colombian nightclub.
Sainsbury said she has been trying to get her “life together” but is facing a number of challenges.
In April 2017, Sainsbury was caught trying to smuggle 5.8kg of cocaine out of Colombia hidden in headphones.
Sainsbury with his wife Tatiana, whom he married in March last year after meeting at a Colombian nightclub in 2021
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People can’t show emotion because that’s a sign of weakness, so I buried the sadness feeling like I had pretty much reached a point where it was going to explode. I’m not that obnoxious person.
Sainsbury was sentenced to six years in prison, but was released from El Buen Pastor Women’s Prison after three years.
The prison, located in the Colombian capital, Bogota, is notorious for its harsh conditions and overcrowding.
The strict conditions of her parole forced her to remain in the country for another 27 months.
During this time, in 2021, she meets Tatiana, which Sainsbury had previously described as completely unexpected.
“We’ve had ups and downs, it’s not an easy time to get a job, and a lot of stress comes from moving countries,” she said.
Sainsbury said she unfortunately had no friends in Australia and that her family were “shatterings”.
What has happened to me is my friends writing letters of support for me, and then writing crap about me on social media. She said.
Sainsbury said she was proud of herself for getting over her difficult past
Sainsbury (pictured) spent three and six years inside the El Buen Pastor women’s prison, notorious for its harsh conditions and overcrowding.
But Sainsbury also said she was proud of herself for going through her darkest moment.
Recently, outrage erupted over Sainsbury’s casting in the new season of Channel 7’s reality show SAS Australia, which is set to air later this year.
She will star alongside Craig MacLachlan and boxing champion Anthony Mundine, as well as Olympians Stephanie Rice, Peter Ball and Matthew Meacham, and ballerina Princess Lindy Clem.
For the first time in the series, contestants will travel abroad to a secret base in the Middle East.
They will eat, sleep, and exercise together in extremely hot and dry conditions, with no provisions for their reputed stature or gender.
Sainsbury will reportedly be paid close to six figures for her appearance on the show.
Timeline of “Cocaine Cassie” events
April 2017 – Sainsbury, then 22 years old, is arrested at El Dorado Airport in Bogota, Colombia.
Cocaine was found packed into 18 headphone boxes in her purse.
November 2017 – Sentenced to six years in prison and fined A$117,000.
Sainsbury faced up to 30 years behind bars, but a court deal was struck that reduced her sentence.
April 2020 – Sainsbury is released from El Buen Pastor Women’s Prison after three years.
As part of the terms of her parole, the 22-year-old remained in Colombia for 27 months.
2021 – Sainsbury meets his partner, Tatiana, at a nightclub in Colombia.
March 2022 – Sainsbury and Tatiana marry.
August 2022 – She returns to Australia for the first time in five years.