She wanted out as soon as she found out the ‘documents’ she’d been hired to carry were actually cocaine, accused drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury told Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes in last night’s episode.
But, after the safety of her family and fiance was threatened, the 22-year-old Adelaide woman went through with the deal: She attempted to leave Colombia with a suitcase packed with 5.8 kg of cocaine and was arrested at Bogota International Airport in April 12.
Evidence of the threats made against her exists, Sainsbury says, with messages and photographs sitting in her Whatsapp account showing how she was forced to comply in a scheme she never thought involved drugs until it was too late.
The problem is, Sainsbury’s Andriod phone is locked with a number pattern. And she says she can’t remember the passcode.
“I haven’t used it for nearly six months. I’m not going to remember a pattern,” Sainsbury told reporter Liam Bartlett during an exclusive interview filmed at the prison and shown on television last night.
“There is evidence. I’ve been trying to remember [the password], but that’s all I can do – try to remember it.”
Bartlett wasn’t convinced, pointing out: “I don’t know another millennial who has forgotten their password.”
“I’m sure if you were in prison for five months you would forget,” Sainsbury replied.
Sainsbury said the man she was dealing with in Colombia - a man she calls Angelo - threatened to kill her family and her fiance Scott if she refused to smuggle the cocaine.
She knew the threats were legitimate when he began sending her photographs of her family, completely unaware they were being watched, back in Australia.