On Wednesday this week the press in South Africa reported another ‘big’ heroin drug bust. A Mozambican and a Congolese woman were arrested in Johannesburg following the confiscation of heroin worth about R22million at the SA-Mozambique border. The amount of heroin involved was about 30kg (a mere drop in the ocean). The heroin was hidden in a small black bag in the trailer of a car. Source
Most law-abiding citizens and especially parents who have gone through the hell, pain, and sorrow of dealing with a child that is hopelessly addicted to drugs will normally react with delight on discovering that the police have arrested another drug smuggler or two, or have smashed another syndicate. “Wow, our police are really doing their work! Another criminal off the streets. I hope they rot in hell!” Okay, I suppose one has to show some gratitude for our hardworking cops! But, dear friends, you and I are totally mistaken if we believe that the War on Drugs is ever going to be won. R22million may sound big, but in the world of illegal drugs this is pocket money. Read on to see why >>>
Drug-smuggling is a massive global network. Its tentacles reach into the very core of our governments where corrupt officials wheel and deal behind the scenes with the big chiefs.
Has the War on Drugs been lost? “These allegations most probably will quietly die away – as they usually do, despite what appears to be overwhelming evidence.”
The big chiefs at the top of the pyramid seldom get involved directly with any drug smuggling operation. They leave that job for selected “employees” of their cartel, who in turn recruit people who are willing to carry (smuggle) the illegal drugs. These people are called “mules”. These human mules are expendable. When a few get caught they are simply replaced by fresh ones.
Many “first offenders” end up in foreign prisons in Thailand, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru or Mauritius, were they are left to rot without any legal aid or assistance from their own governments.
According to information supplied on the website of www.lockedup.co.za there are about 3000 South Africans (human mules) currently imprisoned for drug smuggling in foreign countries, and as of March 2009 the average rate of South African citizens arrested abroad is 19 a month! These human drug mules are recruited in nightclubs, at parties, pubs, on the rugby field, in the gym, university, the workplace. In fact every social gathering has potential.
Other member of the drug cartels include enforcers who make sure the mules don’t run off with the drugs, people who collect the drugs at the other end, and street pushers who sell the drugs, mainly to easy customers – our gullible youth!
Then you have the money collectors who ensure the money is laundered. They will tip-off the police and sacrifice three if a syndicate wants to send ten mules from Bangkok to New York. The other seven will get through. They will also pay off the police and the police get what they want. They also get reward money from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a component of the US Department of Justice. Most drug arrests are due to some or other tip-off from the very criminals involved in the illegal drug business. If some weren’t caught every now and then, drugs such as heroin and cocaine would never fetch such high prices. The higher the risk, the higher the price!
The latest trend in South Africa
Someone offers you a job in a foreign country, or you may receive and e-mail or spot an advertisement in the JunkMail or other newspaper. The job may entail anything from a modeling contract to waitering in some foreign hotel or resort. They even offer to pay for your flight ticket. When you get there, there is no job. To get home and because they have paid for your flight ticket, you are forced to carry drugs. You have become their sacrificial lamb! You will probably be arrested while their ‘main-runner mule’ carrying the big R80million load goes through undetected while the authorities are fussing over you.
Nigerians were traditionally the main culprits here, but today you’ll be surprised what type of people are involved in this!
In the end the main culprits working behind the scenes never get caught, and when they do our pathetic legal system is guaranteed to lose the case on some technicality. In many cases the police docket and other evidence just goes missing. In other cases the matter is allowed to drag on indefinitely until key witnesses are threatened, intimidated or even killed.
THE WAR ON DRUGS WILL NEVER END!
I wish to extend a special thank you to the creators of the website Locked Up In a Foreign Country. The info supplied on their site inspired me to write this article. The fact that I also have a young teenage son who is battling to overcome his heroin-addiction has obviously also played a role.
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