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Convicted Australian drug dealer ‘Cocaine Cassie’ Sainsbury has married her girlfriend in Colombia.

Ms Sainsbury, 26, who was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine in her luggage at Bogota Airport in April 2017, met her partner, IT whiz Tatiana, soon after she was released from the El Buen Pastor jail in 2020. 

She took to Instagram on Saturday to post a selfie with the added hashtag #justmarried.

Earlier this month, Ms Sainsbury was reunited with her mother Lisa Evans in Colombia for the first time in four years ahead of her wedding.

Ms Sainsbury, 26, and her then fiancée Tatiana met her mum and her husband Nick Evans at El Dorado Airport in Bogota – with the Australian couple witnessing the exchanging of wedding vows overnight.

The emotional Bogota airport reunion was where Ms Sainsbury was nabbed with the 5.8kg haul of cocaine in her luggage as she attempted to board a flight to London.

Convicted Australian drug dealer 'Cocaine' Cassie Sainsbury (pictured right) has married her IT whiz girlfriend Tatiana (left) in Colombia

Convicted Australian drug dealer 'Cocaine' Cassie Sainsbury (pictured right) has married her IT whiz girlfriend Tatiana (left) in Colombia

Convicted Australian drug dealer ‘Cocaine’ Cassie Sainsbury (pictured right) has married her IT whiz girlfriend Tatiana (left) in Colombia

Sainsbury, 26, confirmed she had exchanged vows with Tatiana (pictured) in a Instagram post to her 15,000 plus followers

Sainsbury, 26, confirmed she had exchanged vows with Tatiana (pictured) in a Instagram post to her 15,000 plus followers

Sainsbury, 26, confirmed she had exchanged vows with Tatiana (pictured) in a Instagram post to her 15,000 plus followers

She spent almost three years in El Buen Pastor jail for her crime and is unable to leave Colombia because she is completing her sentence on bail after getting an early release due to Covid almost two years ago.  

Ms Sainsbury currently lives with Tatiana at an apartment in the Chapinero suburb of Bogota. 

Last November, she showed off her glitzy engagement ring as she opened up about Tatiana and made plans to return to Australia after the years locked up in a torrid Colombian prison.

Ms Sainsbury shared the news of her previous engagement to her 15,000 Instagram followers, posting a photo proudly posing with her ring. 

‘So hard to choose a wedding dress,’ she wrote. ‘Yes people I’m engaged.’ 

In celebration of her upcoming nuptials she posted a series of photos with Tatiana, a 33-year-old computer technician from Bogota who she met through mutual friends on May 26, 2021.

They couple plan to live between Colombia and Australia once Sainsbury is able to return to her home country.    

‘It was a really unexpected relationship,’ Ms Sainsbury told Daily Mail Australia from Bogota. 

‘We had shared a group of friends and one night we went out for a birthday and we literally hit it off.’ 

After a short romance, Ms Sainsbury said Tatiana further surprised her by proposing to her last year during a getaway to Cartagena on the Colombian coast.

‘She put a ring on it!’ Ms Sainsbury said of the engagement. ‘She’d been planning for a while trying to find a ring that she thought was perfect for me and in the end she found it.

Sainsbury shared the news of her engagement last year to her 15,000 Instagram followers, posting a photo proudly posing with her ring (pictured)

Sainsbury shared the news of her engagement last year to her 15,000 Instagram followers, posting a photo proudly posing with her ring (pictured)

Sainsbury shared the news of her engagement last year to her 15,000 Instagram followers, posting a photo proudly posing with her ring (pictured)

Sainsbury (pictured) spent three years in Bogota's El Buen Pastor prison after she was convicted for smuggling 5.8kg of cocaine into the country in April of 2017

Sainsbury (pictured) spent three years in Bogota's El Buen Pastor prison after she was convicted for smuggling 5.8kg of cocaine into the country in April of 2017

Sainsbury (pictured) spent three years in Bogota’s El Buen Pastor prison after she was convicted for smuggling 5.8kg of cocaine into the country in April of 2017 

‘She took me to Cartagena and organised a small, romantic dinner at a cosy little restaurant on the beachfront. She asked me to marry her there.’

In July last year Ms Sainsbury told Daily Mail Australia her new lover was unaware of her past and why she had been headline news in Australia, but that has now changed. 

‘I shared everything with her about everything,’ she revealed. 

‘Basically [Tatiana] said she wasn’t going to judge me on my past, she was really mature about the whole situation.

‘I feel like I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. It’s nice to feel like I can be myself with no judgement from someone who is always there for me.’

Ms Sainsbury said she wants to return to her hometown of Adelaide as soon as possible but delays in the Colombian legal system caused by the incursion of Covid-19 into the country mean she is still waiting on the decision of a judge before she is allowed to return home.

Cassie Sainsbury became headline news in Australia when she was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine in April of 2017 in Colombia

Cassie Sainsbury became headline news in Australia when she was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine in April of 2017 in Colombia

Cassie Sainsbury became headline news in Australia when she was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine in April of 2017 in Colombia

Sainsbury (pictured being escorted to a court hearing in Bogota in 2017)  became engaged to a fellow female inmate, Joli Pico, while in prison, before her current relationship with Tatiana

Sainsbury (pictured being escorted to a court hearing in Bogota in 2017)  became engaged to a fellow female inmate, Joli Pico, while in prison, before her current relationship with Tatiana

Sainsbury (pictured being escorted to a court hearing in Bogota in 2017)  became engaged to a fellow female inmate, Joli Pico, while in prison, before her current relationship with Tatiana

‘We’ll get married and then the plan is to go back home for a while, sort things out there, see my family and then make a decision about what the big plan will be,’ she said.

‘She’s never been to Australia. We’ll probably end up between Australia and Colombia because obviously her family is here so it will be like, some time here, some time there type of thing.’ 

Ms Sainsbury, whose Australian accent has been transformed by a Latin lilt after her four-and-a-half years in Colombia, has undergone many changes since her arrest in April 2017 when cocaine packaged inside 18 headphone boxes was found in her suitcase.

Coming out as gay is one such change. 

Ms Sainsbury became engaged to a fellow female inmate, Joli Pico, while in prison, before her current relationship with Tatiana once she’d been released. 

‘It has always been something there,’ she said of her attraction to women. ‘I had relationships like that [in Australia]…but not as serious,’ she said.

'Tatiana said she wasn't going to judge me on my past, she was really mature about the whole situation' Sainsbury said of her new love

'Tatiana said she wasn't going to judge me on my past, she was really mature about the whole situation' Sainsbury said of her new love

‘Tatiana said she wasn’t going to judge me on my past, she was really mature about the whole situation’ Sainsbury said of her new love

Ms Sainsbury said the lowest point of her whole ordeal since she was first arrested was when she became seriously ill with bacteria in her stomach while inside El Buen Pastor prison. 

‘When I became sick I was taken out of prison into hospital and that is what saved me,’ she said.

While in prison she was locked in a two-metre by two-metre cell with up to five other inmates and says she still has nightmares about it. 

Ms Sainsbury said she is focused on putting her past behind her rather than trying to prove the claims she made in a 60 Minutes program in April 2020 that pressure from a Brazilian drug lord had caused her to undertake the cocaine smuggling mission.

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

Sainsbury was just 22-years-old when she was arrested with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden in her luggage at Bogota airport (pictured, arriving for a court hearing in Bogota in 2017)

Sainsbury was just 22-years-old when she was arrested with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden in her luggage at Bogota airport (pictured, arriving for a court hearing in Bogota in 2017)

Sainsbury was just 22-years-old when she was arrested with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden in her luggage at Bogota airport (pictured, arriving for a court hearing in Bogota in 2017)

'I want to move forward but trust me there are still days where I ask myself, 'why me?'' she said in a recent interview

'I want to move forward but trust me there are still days where I ask myself, 'why me?'' she said in a recent interview

‘I want to move forward but trust me there are still days where I ask myself, ‘why me?” she said in a recent interview

‘I want to move forward but trust me there are still days where I ask myself, ‘why me?’,’ she stated.

‘I feel like if I keep trying to bring up the past, I’m never going to be able to move forward. I just want to be able to put all this behind me and live a normal life.’

But Ms Sainsbury said she does take note of the perceptions Australians have about her.  

‘I still care. Believe it or not, the comments people make obviously affect me,’ she confessed. 

‘I try not to let it affect me too much, I know there are a lot of mixed opinions about me. I can’t tell someone not to have their own opinion.’

Sainsbury said the perception of her by Australians does affect her. 'I’m not sure what to expect, to be honest,' she said of returning to her home country

Sainsbury said the perception of her by Australians does affect her. 'I’m not sure what to expect, to be honest,' she said of returning to her home country

Sainsbury said the perception of her by Australians does affect her. ‘I’m not sure what to expect, to be honest,’ she said of returning to her home country

'I feel like if I keep trying to bring up the past, I'm never going to be able to move forward. I just want to be able to put all this behind me and live a normal life, Sainsbury said, pictured above at the time of her arrest in Colombia in April 2017

'I feel like if I keep trying to bring up the past, I'm never going to be able to move forward. I just want to be able to put all this behind me and live a normal life, Sainsbury said, pictured above at the time of her arrest in Colombia in April 2017

‘I feel like if I keep trying to bring up the past, I’m never going to be able to move forward. I just want to be able to put all this behind me and live a normal life, Sainsbury said, pictured above at the time of her arrest in Colombia in April 2017

She said she is concerned about whether she will be able to readjust to life in Australia, where she has said she wishes to establish a personal training business and is open to reality television offers. 

‘I’m not sure what to expect, to be honest,’ she said.

A love of Colombian culture and people was one of the positive things to come from her experience since she’d been out of prison, Ms Sainsbury added.  

‘Through everything I went through, I learnt to take the best out of the experience I could… meeting new people, maturing, learning more about myself,’ she said.

‘To make it feel like it was not a complete loss of time, using what I learnt from the experience to become the person I’ve become.’

A love of Colombian culture and people was one of the positive things to come from her experience since she'd been out of prison, Sainsbury (pictured in 2017) revealed

A love of Colombian culture and people was one of the positive things to come from her experience since she'd been out of prison, Sainsbury (pictured in 2017) revealed

A love of Colombian culture and people was one of the positive things to come from her experience since she’d been out of prison, Sainsbury (pictured in 2017) revealed

Source: DailyMail

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