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“Prison is not beautiful. »


Isabelle Lagacé, 34, does not play the victim at all in the docuseries Cocaine, prison and the like that the Crave platform dedicates to the luxurious 49-night cruise where she enjoyed herself, of course, but which eventually led her to an Australian penitentiary, where she languished for four and a half years for drug trafficking and importation.

Yes, Isabelle Lagacé knew that this “free” world tour was “to stir up the dust”. In exchange for $100,000, she agreed to come aboard the princess of the sea to pay off his debts, restore his bankruptcy-ravaged credit rating, and open a Vietnamese restaurant.

The three episodes of the series, shown on Friday on Crave, show a lucid and direct young woman à la Anna Delvey, who does not try to attract pity and who expresses herself in a Franglais that a participant of the island of love. “We had fun on the boat, don’t get me wrong,” she confides to the camera, interspersing her sentences with “I was focused on the money,” “I let myself go” or “I was ‘numb’.

And to use a reality TV vocabulary, Isabelle Lagacé was a little party tanner, who worked in “bottle service” in a restaurant-bar frequented by people from the underworld. When a client (whose she won’t name) offers her a two-month cruise, she knowingly ignores all the red flags and packs her bags.

Neither influencer, nor escort, nor porn actress, Isabelle Lagacé, then 28, left her lover, who was on his way out of prison after being convicted of gangsterism, conspiracy and drug trafficking. We are in July 2016. Isabelle embarks on the princess of the sea in Dover, southeast England, in the company of an acquaintance, Mélina Roberge, 22, André Tamine, 64, a man named Michel Chiasson and two other men whose identities have never been disclosed.

The rest of the adventure has been feeding the tabloids for months. Isabelle Lagacé and Mélina Roberge, alias “cocaine babes”, flooded Instagram with bikini photos, flirty selfies, white sandy beaches and colorful cocktails. Hashtag: live your “best life”.

What the “two sexiest criminals on the planet” didn’t know was that the average age of their ship’s passengers was 72. The two South Shore twenty-somethings stood out in this elderly crowd and were already arousing suspicions: could they be prostitutes?

Cocaine, prison and the like effectively sums up the case, but doesn’t push it further. Who financed and orchestrated this operation? Why doesn’t anyone talk about the third defendant, André Tamine, stuck with over 60 kilos of cocaine in his cabin, against the approximately thirty of the two girls?

Crave’s docuseries focuses on the rational and detached testimony of Isabelle Lagacé, to which are added those of her father Jacques (very touching), her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, her lawyer, her aunt and several journalists .

Mélina Roberge, who today works in a hairdresser-boutique in Bromont, appears only in the photos of the series. Isabelle Lagacé denied her “friend” Mélina of her when the latter pleaded not guilty to the heavy charges brought against her.

It was the “definitive betrayal” – the ultimate betrayal – for Isabelle Lagacé who, for her part, admitted her guilt very quickly in the legal process.

Mélina Roberge, 29, told her side of this Hollywood ‘true crime’ story in book Without filter, released in September. Basically, Mélina was sucked into this vortex by her luxury tastes and her desire to enter the life of an influencer. charm. Related to a “sugar daddy,” she loved Instagram likes and Louis Vuitton purses. Even Mélina Roberge acknowledges his mistakes and accepts all the blame.

You have undoubtedly seen Isabelle Lagacé, Sunday evening, in a particularly raised edition of Everyone talks about it on Radio Canada. The director general of the commune of Saint-Sévère, Marie-Andrée Cadorette, stole the show with her aplomb, her humor and her liveliness. What a charming woman! There is clearly material for Bye bye in this crazy and complex story of runaway cows, who resist every attempt to capture.

Guy A. Lepage’s set was teeming with interesting guests involved in the other discussions, including Xavier Dolan (and his expressive faces), Julie Le Breton, Patrick Hivon, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, Josée di Stasio, Félix Auger-Aliassime (in a pre-recorded interview), neurosurgeon Alexander Weil, Katherine Levac, Robert Frosi and Patrice Bernier. Degree of listening of the latter Everyone talks about it : 942,000 spectators.

Two TVA issues again crossed the one million mark, ie Masked singers (1,623,000) and Revolution (1,041,000). On Noovo, 565,000 followers ofDouble occupancy I’ve heard Jay Du Temple refer to finalists as “friends” at least 45 times. Thank you friends, good luck friends, good evening friends.

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