Australian woman Cassie Sainsbury has been released from a Colombian prison and is now on parole.
Sainsbury, dubbed ‘cocaine Cassie’, is a former personal trainer from Adelaide was serving six years in Colombia’s El Buen Pastor women’s prison after trying to smuggle almost 6kg worth of cocaine out of Bogota’s international airport in April 2017.
60 Minutes this morning revealed she has been released from jail after spending three years behind bars, but will have to stay in Colombia for another 27 months as part of her parole conditions.
“I can say that I grew as a person, I grew up a lot, I learned a lot about myself, I learned a lot about people, I’ve learned how to analyse people better,” she told 60 Minutes in an exclusive interview.
“I’ve learned not to trust people so much. It’s been definitely a massive learning curve but, at the same time, everything that I’ve been through in prison, everything that I learnt I wouldn’t change it because it’s made me a stronger person it’s made me who I am today.”
9News reporter Seb Costello said the country’s president has signed a decree to release 4000 prisoners into home detention over fears about coronavirus in the jail.
Sainsbury was arrested in April at Bogota’s international airport after an X-ray machine detected 5.8 kilograms of cocaine stuffed inside 18 boxes of headphones.
The full interview with Sainsbury will air on 60 Minutes on Nine on Sunday night.
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