Smuggling drugs as a traveler is a serious crime, and can ruin your life.? For a little insight into the topic, today’s guest post is brought to us by Claire Brown.? Claire is a freelance blogger who regularly writes articles about different kinds of crimes. She tackles issues concerning personal injury and drug-related offenses. She also writes for Bail Bonds Fullerton and other law websites.
Joe was a bit nervous when he arrived at the airport. He quickly glanced at his passport and travel documents. “It will be alright,” he thought. “The guy said that it’s only his sister’s medicine. She needs it for her migraines.” After Joe had his bags x-rayed, an officer approached him. “Sir, we need to check your bags,” the uniformed man said. “Huh?” Joe’s heart skipped a beat and it started pounding. “Of course,” he said, trying to be as cooperative as possible. Then, the officer proceeded to open his bag and examine his belongings, honing in on that package that wasn’t his. The security agent asked permission to open the package. Joe acquiesced, all the while trying to explain that it didn’t belong to him. When the official slit the parcel, out came a powdery white substance. It was crystal meth, and Joe felt the shackles on his hands and feet even before he was cuffed.
Being a Na?ve Mule
Hundreds of Americans are in foreign prisons today because of their involvement in drug-related crimes. The act of smuggling drugs to other countries, however innocent you claim you are, is a very serious offense. In some countries, such as Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, and Sri Lanka, those caught smuggling or being in possession of drugs or illegal substances will be punished with death. Capital punishment can be executed in the following methods: lethal injection, hanging, or death by firing squad.
What is a Drug Mule?
A drug mule is someone who smuggles drugs into or out of states or countries. Smugglers get pretty creative when thinking up of ways to transport drugs. Some hide drugs in luggage or other items, like milk cartons or make-up kits, while others attach the drugs on their bodies, taping the illegal substances on their ribs, stomachs or in between their thighs. Other mules take more risks. They actually keep the drugs inside their bodies. Some swallow copious amounts of individually wrapped drugs. There are also times when small packs of drugs are inserted into body cavities.
What Happens If I’m Caught with Drugs?
In case you are caught in possession of illegal substances, you will be detained, whether you’re in America or Jamaica, or some other country. If you are apprehended in another nation, you can get in touch with the embassy. People there can get you legal assistance, and they can check in to see that you are being treated fairly. In other words, the embassy representatives can see you now and then to make sure that you’re not being beaten or tortured physically or mentally. As you can see, it’s not a pretty picture.
What about Bail?
Whether or not you can post bail will depend on the laws of the country where you’ve been apprehended. What you can do is ask help from your embassy or consulate. In case you can contact your family or get the advice of a professional bail bond agent, do so. Get all the help that you can get.
- M Car. “Have Suitcase, Will Travel”. March 1, 2011. Online image. Flickr. January 19, 2013.