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Venezuelan drug mules detected in Mexico City Airport
An officer guards packages containing cocaine – Photo: William Fernando Martínez/AP

Venezuelan drug mules detected in Mexico City Airport

09/10/2019
16:52
David Fuentes
Mexico City
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Drug mules are convinced to ingest from 30 to 35 cocaine packages, transport them to Cancún or Mexico City, and are paid from USD $500 to $1000 in exchange

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Last month, authorities of Mexico City’s Attorney General’s Office, along with the Federal Police, detected unusual movements in Mexico City’s airport. The arrival of Venezuelans who, apparently, are being used as mules for drug trafficking – pure cocaine – from South America with two main destinations: Cancún and Mexico City.

According to the exchange of information between authorities, the Venezuelans, men or women, are between 25 and 35 years old who assert to come on vacation or to do university internships and give as reference addresses in the Venustiano Carranza and Álvaro Obregón boroughs.
 

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This mode was detected in mid-September when several condoms with drugs were found in the airport’s drain after a mule was forced to expel them from his or her body.

They were over 30, which blocked the drain and so maintenance workers noticed the real problem and asked for the intervention of the Federal Police.
 

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Two days later, the local Attorney General’s Office attended an overdose case of another Venezuelan in a private hospital in the Álvaro Obregón borough.

There, the doctors removed 23 condoms filled with pure cocaine from a 35 years-old man, allegedly called Andrés Estrada; the wrapping was similar to those found in the airport.
 

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The delirious victim, for at least 10 packages of the drug exploded inside him, confessed, as it was registered in the investigation file CI-FAO/AO-3/UI-1C/D/1280/09-2019, that was opened for simple possession, that mules are convinced in exchange of “better living conditions” and are asked to import coca paste, which they ingest and transport for over 12 hours in their stomach.

According to his narration, criminals offer them between USD $500 AND $1000 and each mule has to ingest from 30 to 35 cocaine packages.
 

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Once they deliver the goods untouched, the foreigners receive the payment; however, when accidents like the one who happened to Andrés Estrada, “they are abandoned.” The young man, according to the medical report, was left in the medical emergency area from a moving vehicle. After being attended, he was arrested by migration authorities for, in addition to not delivering the drug, he has to pay the private hospital.

The investigation points to La Unión Tepito using this method for drug trafficking, information that has to be confirmed by local authorities for the survivor, out of fear of retaliation, did not say who he was going to deliver the drug to.
 

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