Sainsbury to stand trial on drugs charges

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Australian drug mule Cassie Sainsbury will stand trial for trying to smuggling nearly six kilograms of cocaine out of Colombia after a judge rejected a plea deal.

Judge Sergio Leon rejected the deal the 22-year-old Adelaide woman struck with Colombian prosecutors in July for a reduced jail term of six years in return for naming people behind a drug smuggling ring, the Nine Network reported.

His decision comes after Sainsbury, who now faces up to 30 years in jail if found guilty, claimed she'd only agreed to smuggle 5.8kg of cocaine after her family was threatened.

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