A drug mule is someone who is assigned a task to smuggle drugs across international borders very cleverly so that no police would get the clue of the smuggling at any point of time. With the increased security surveillance, it has been quite difficult for the drug mules to smuggle drugs now-a-days. The penalty for drug smuggling is death in few countries and almost every counter has the law to award the drug mule with a life sentence as the least punishment. Though the drug mules are paid heavily for drug trafficking, no one is ready to take a life risk for money now. The drug mules use a very innovative way to carry drugs as they strap drugs to their bodies, stomach, luggage, shoe soles, shampoo bottles, and any other way they can conceal contraband while trying to beat the system. Some mules have also tried hiding the drugs in the condoms that have been surgically implanted under the skin.
Pregnant women make good drug mules as they cannot be scanned in the x-ray machines. There are also reports of drug trafficking through the gutted bodies of dead human babies, dead puppies, even live snakes.
Most of them are caught and the drugs are seized. It has resulted in a huge loss for the drug mafia. The loss has inspired the drug mafias to find an alternative way to smuggle drugs across the borders. Now dogs are forced to swallow packets of cocaine and they are transported across the borders. Later the animals are killed to recover the consignments once they reach the destination countries.
Recently an Italian judge has probed an order against 49 suspects of drug smuggling. They are suspected to be from Ecuador, Peru and El Salvador.
The drug packets are wrapped in black vinyl tape to shield them from X-ray checks and then the dogs are made to swallow them. The human mules intake drug packets very carefully so they are not hampered during recovering it later. However, if the consignment burst inside the mule’s body, it is quite sure that the mule would die.
Condoms are used to fill drugs into it and then they are planted in the animal’s body. Usually the large breed dogs are used as mules as they can hold a more amount of consignments in their abdomens. This act is quite inhumane to torture the mute animals for committing a heinous crime like transferring drugs and deaths across the countries.