- Drug syndicates have been coercing elderly passengers caught in online scams to smuggle drugs into Australia.
- Since October 2021, the AFP has arrested 18 alleged drug mules coming from international flights.
- Some said they were “coerced into the role” after they became victims of online financial scams.
Some of the accused smugglers carrying illicit drugs in their luggage told the AFP they had been “coerced into the role” after they became victims of online financial scams.
“The consequences for these victims can be severe, including lengthy terms of imprisonment”.
The couple also told police they had flown into Zimbabwe where the suitcases were provided to them with arrangements made via a UK phone number.