drug mule


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A person who ingests pouches or packs of cocaine to transport it; a living vehicle used to smuggle illicit drugs, who may carry the abuse substance inside, as would a body packer, or in his/her luggage

drug mule

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A colloquial term for someone who carries a small quantity of an illicit substance, e.g., ecstasy or heroin, on or in his or her body to evade detection by the authorities, i.e., the border patrol, customs and immigration, or the police.
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The system helps customs staff prevent criminal drug smuggling and protect individuals who are often coerced into operating as drug mules.
"The plan was for the defendant to pack drugs in balloons and supply them to drug mules who would put them in their rectum or swallow them to get the drugs in," he said.
Many of the women she uses as drug mules are believed to be other lingerie and glamour models who compete in international beauty pageants.
"When we asked the 37-year-old why he was there, he panicked and admitted he was there to pick up the 27-year-old drug mule and take him to the 43-year-old Nigerian's apartment."
Tearful and apologetic, one of the three suspected foreign drug mules arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) promised on Thursday to work with authorities to shut down the cocaine traffic from Brazil.
Vinco wasn't aware that he will be going to Hong Kong with three other persons, who turned out to be drug mule recruits.
"Our experience is that drug mules come to Peru from Europe of their own free will to make money.
The arrest is the latest in a series to foil attempts by so-called "drug mules" to smuggle in drugs by ingestion, authorities said.
'This was the biggest drug mule operation the Midlands has ever seen and it was quite clear from the evidence that this was a sophisticated operation.'
The deputy high commissioner in Jamaica has claimed that one in ten passengers travelling to Britain is a drug mule. The new system - designed to reduce the amount of drugs smuggled into Britain - will be implemented in June, reported PA News.
A MAN was allegedly tricked into becoming a drug mule for an international smuggling gang operating from Bangladesh, a court heard.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said that it had received a tip about a suspected drug mule three hours before Jon-Jon Villamin Jr.