BEWARE HOLIDAY COMPETITIONS: YOU COULD END UP TRAFFICKING DRUGS – For anyone to be told they had just won an all expenses dream holiday the thrill and excitement is surely overwhelming; but for one couple from Australia the trip wasn’t what it appeared.
According to reports a 74 year old man and his 64 year old wife, from Perth Australia, won an all expenses trip to Canada.
The holiday included flights, luxury accommodation and even a set of brand new luggage – it appeared that they had certainly hit the jackpot.
The elderly pensioner’s did indeed take the trip of a lifetime but unbeknownst to them they had just both been duped into becoming drug mules.
For reasons yet unknown the elderly couple became suspicious of their new luggage that greeted them at the hotel in Canada and once they landed back in Australia they took their luggage immediately to the Customs counter to express their concerns.
Regardless of why they thought something was amiss it turned out that their suspicions were well founded as Australian Customs officials dismantled their new luggage only to discover 7kg of methamphetamine.
Customs immediately cautioned the couple, as is standard practice, and interviewed them extensively. The pensioner’s provided officers with all the information they needed and as a result a 38 year old Canadian man was arrested.
Australian authorities stated that at no time did they suspect the pensioner’s were in on the operation to smuggle the £4 million haul of drugs into Australia and that as a result of their co-operation authorities have now arrested a 38 year old Canadian and charged him with the trafficking of controlled narcotics.
Australian authorities have also put out a warning to other potential unsuspecting drug mules as this particular scam is highly elaborate and dupes people into thinking they are genuine winners of an all expenses paid vacation.
The Canadian was arrest by authorities as he landed shortly after the couple on another flight then raided a hotel room in Perth. Officers at the scene discovered a number of documents relating to the scam along with a number of other new suitcases identical to the ones given to the pensioners.
The name of the bogus tour company is AUSCAN Tours and authorities have asked the public that anyone winning a competition for a holiday with this company should come forward as it is probable they are victims of being used to courier illegal narcotics.
It might appear almost incredible that such an elaborate scam could take place and yet this clearly shows just how much profit is to be made from trafficking drugs.
The couple, who won the bogus competition, were awarded free flights and 7 nights’ accommodation; along with their new luggage filled with drugs.
If you have received a notification that you are a winner of a travel competition do a little research and make sure that the company offering the prize is a well-known and established tour operator.
If part of the prize includes new luggage then by all means accept it but when arriving back home it is advisable to declare it at customs just in case.