Drug smugglers give away free vacation to elderly couple and use them as mulesBy Mason White 1:09 PM October 28, 2013
|The drugs that were found|
By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) Drug smugglers have come up with a new idea to recruit mules, according to police reports in Australia.
A Perth couple, who was involuntarily turned into drug mules after winning a dream vacation to Canada, feared that they could have spent the rest of their lives in prison.
The couple was told that they are the lucky winners of a trip with all expenses paid, including accommodations and new luggage.
After a week in North America, the couple became suspicious about their new luggage, and when they returned to Western Australia, they reported themselves to customs.
Australian Customs found $7 million worth of methamphetamine inside their luggage.
The woman, 64, said that they were looking online for a vacation, and after entering a contest online she was contacted and told that she won a vacation.
“Be very careful if you win anything,” she said.
“I could have ended up in jail for 25 years, and it might have ruined my life. So be very careful, and check everything,” she also said.
The ruthless scam was discovered by Australian detectives earlier this month.
The scam involves a website based in Canada, which targets elderly Australians couples with the potential to win a trip with all expenses paid.
Police said that the elderly couple’s luggage was exchanged while in Canada, and the couple had no idea that they were being duped into smuggling drugs back home.
Australian Federal Police arrested a Canadian man, 38, at the airport after he came to meet the couple.
The man was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a controlled substance.
“Do not allow someone else to pack your suitcase and do not take luggage on behalf of another person,” police warned.