The father of Cassandra Sainsbury, the South Australian bride-to-be arrested on drug-trafficking charges in Colombia does not know why his daughter travelled to the country.
And despite reports, he tells WHO he is heartbroken his daughter is in jail.
“I’ve got no idea why she went,” says Stuart Sainsbury. “I just miss my kid. I’m beside myself that I can’t do anything at this stage.”
Cassie, who recently worked as a manager in a cleaning business and hails from Moana, south of Adelaide, was arrested at Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport on April 12 with more than 18 bags of cocaine allegedly hidden inside 15 headphone cases.
The 22 year old, who is in custody in Colombia’s notorious women’s prison El Buen Pastor, faces up to 25 years in jail over the 5.8kg haul.
Her sister Khala Sainsbury says Cassie was on a “working holiday” in Colombia and intended giving the headphones to her bridesmaids and friends at her wedding to fiancé Scott Broadbridge in February next year.
Sainsbury’s mother, Lisa Evans, who is divorced from Stuart, believes her daughter did not know the drugs were there. “She mentioned these headphones she wanted to get, and this man said to her, ‘I know a guy that if you buy 16 or 18 of them, he can give you a really good price,’ ” she said on KISS FM’s Kyle & Jackie O show.
Her father says Cassandra should have checked the packages. “She needs a kick up the arse,” says Stuart, who runs a home-maintenance business in Warooka, SA.
But Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Triana, the head of the anti-narcotics police at El Dorado International, doesn’t buy the story. “Everyone who is caught says exactly the same thing,” he told Colombia’s W Radio.
Meanwhile, News Corp reports that Cassie may have been arrested following a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
“We found her because of an alert from the DEA ,” Bogota airport’s narcotics chief, Commander Rodrigo Soler, told the organisation.
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