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Drug smuggler ‘Cocaine Cassie’ looks unrecognizable as she shows off weight loss

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‘Cocaine Cassie’ Sainsbury has proudly showcased her weight loss transformation as she sets her sights on returning to Australia to work as a personal trainer

‘Cocaine Cassie’ Sainsbury has proudly showcased her weight loss transformation as she sets her sights on returning to Australia to work as a personal trainer.

The 26-year-old is spending her last months on probation in Bogota, Columbia, after being jailed in April 2017 for smuggling 5.8kg of cocaine into the country.

Sainsbury has lost 29kg since her arrest and 12kg since she left prison in April last year.

The former inmate recently shared a series of snaps of her slim physique on her Instagram account, which looked almost unrecognizable to the woman arrested four years ago.

Sainsbury shared a photo of a handwritten manifesto, written in Spanish, on Friday that translated into a message about how friends and family should interact.

“Your friends should present business to you, not drunkenness,” was one line.

“Your family should support you, not limit you. Your partner should help you get ahead, not spend.’

Sainsbury shared a handwritten note with some of the mottos she lives by on her Instagram story on Friday.  Translate the words to

Sainsbury shared a handwritten note with some of the mottos she lives by on her Instagram story on Friday. Translate the words to ‘your family should support you, not limit you’ and ‘your partner should help you get ahead, not spend’

The 26-year-old is spending her last months on probation in Bogota, Columbia, after being jailed in April 2017 for smuggling 5.8kg of cocaine into the country.

The 26-year-old is spending her last months on probation in Bogota, Columbia, after being jailed in April 2017 for smuggling 5.8kg of cocaine into the country.

In an interview with Daily Mail Australia in July, Sainsbury describes her daily life in and out of El Buen Pastor prison and shared her dreams of a simpler existence where she could finally get rid of her ‘Cocaine Cassie’ identity.

Of her new beginnings outside of prison, she said, “It’s kind of like, here it all starts again.”

Sainsbury spent three years in El Buen Pastor Prison, locked in a two-by-two-metre cell with up to five other inmates. She still has nightmares about it.

“We were awakened between 2.30 and 3.30 in the morning,” she claimed. Prisoners were given breakfast while it was still dark.

Between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., the guards counted the workforce. Sometimes they were friendly, sometimes “inhumane,” she claimed.

‘You were supposed to be showered, beds made, cleaned. You never really knew when, but you had to be ready.’

The young woman hopes to restart her life in Adelaide as a personal trainer and get rid of her 'cocaine Cassie' identity

The young woman hopes to restart her life in Adelaide as a personal trainer and get rid of her ‘cocaine Cassie’ identity

HOW TO GET A BODY LIKE COCAINE CASSI:

Cassie Sainsbury shared these five tips on how she got her toned physique:

1. Cassie follows the rules of calorie deficits, balancing the amount of calories you consume with the amount consumed in a day

2. She eats a balanced diet, including all food groups

3. Cassie gets an hour of exercise three times a week

4. Drink lots of water

5. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

The food was ‘absolutely terrible’, usually including rice, a small portion of vegetables or salad and meat.

“When it was chicken, you knew it was chicken. If it was meat, you didn’t know exactly what it was,” she said.

Health inspectors occasionally closed the prison kitchen, even for four days on one occasion, she claimed.

But Sainsbury got a job during her captivity, teaching English twice a day at a local school.

One of her newer tattoos is of a pocket watch that shows what time she walked through the large blue prison door to freedom.

Sainsbury was paroled at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 last year and now lives in a studio apartment in Chapinero, eastern Bogota.

She found love with a female computer technician after she canceled her engagement to prison fiancé, Joli Pico.

The relationship with Ms Pico fell apart for two reasons, Sainsbury said. It wasn’t the same outside of prison, and Pico “ended up with someone else.”

She also does not speak to her ex-boyfriend, personal trainer Scott Broadbridge, who defended her allegiance and brought her a rose to Colombian prison shortly after her arrest in April 2017.

Sainsbury told the Mail it was still early days with her new flame, who she declined to name.

‘She doesn’t know to the extent that I’m pretty well known in Australia.

“But here they don’t understand that kind of (fame). In Colombia there is so much of it (cocaine smuggling).’

Sainsbury was paroled at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 last year and now lives in a studio apartment in Chapinero, eastern Bogota.

Sainsbury was paroled at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 last year and now lives in a studio apartment in Chapinero, eastern Bogota.

However, Sainsbury cannot work – or get vaccinated against Covid – because she is a foreigner.

She reports to the judge who assigned her case for parole once a month and admits that she has few local friends.

Sainsbury’s sentence officially expires next May, but she is hopeful that she will be allowed to return to Australia at the end of 2021.

She plans to live with her mother, Lisa Evans, in Adelaide and expects to experience culture shock.

Sainsbury rarely speaks English in Bogota and now has traces of a Spanish accent.

Upon her return, she hopes to start a personal training business – the career she had chosen before being imprisoned in Bogota.

“All I really want is to put all this behind me and get my life back,” she said. “I don’t always want to be known as Cocaine Cassie.”

Sainsbury said she supported the version of events she previously told 60 Minutes about being coerced by a Brazilian drug lord when she smuggled the 18 packs of cocaine into Bogota in April 2017.

She claimed at the time that a mystery man named ‘Angelo Sanchez’ allegedly threatened to kill her mother and then-boyfriend Scott Broadbridge unless she committed the crime.

But she couldn’t prove this in a Colombian court because she forgot her phone’s passcode.

When asked if she will still be concerned about those criminal elements when she returns to Australia, she admits: “It’s always a thought in the back of my mind, of course.

“I think we’ll just wait and see what happens.”

Sainsbury's sentence officially ends in May, but she is hopeful that she can return to Australia at the end of 2021.

Sainsbury’s sentence officially ends in May, but she is hopeful that she can return to Australia at the end of 2021.

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