An Australian woman has been charged with drug trafficking in Colombia over 5.8kg of cocaine

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An Adelaide personal trainer has been charged with drug trafficking after she was arrested in Colombia with 5.8kg of cocaine in her luggage.

The family of Cassandra Sainsbury, 22, have spoken to several media outlets today saying she was innocent and “naive” when she put a package in her bag before attempting to fly home to Australia.

The drugs were detected by x-ray at Bogota’s international airport and Sainsbury was arrested on April 11.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said it was providing assistance to an Australian woman arrested in Colombia, but did not offer further details.

Her mother, Lisa Evans, maintained her daughter’s innocence today, claiming a man who had been showing Sainsbury around Colombia gave her a package wrapped in black plastic, supposedly containing 15 sets of headphones, in her hotel room.

“And this is where the naive bit comes, in she didn’t even rip it open to make sure there were headphones in there,” she told KIIS FM.

Sainsbury’s sister, Khala, told media she was in Colombia on a working holiday.

Sainsbury could face up to 25 years in jail. Her family have set up a crowdfunding campaign which has so far raised around $2,500 towards her legal fees, but many commenters have been critical of the young woman and her family for the situation.

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