October 27, 2013 by  

AUSTRALIAN COUPLE USED AS DRUG MULES, A Canadian man was arrested after he allegedly used an elderly Australian couple involuntarily as drug mules, according to the Australian Federal Police.

The man of 72 years old and a 64 year old claim they thought they won a trip with all expenses paid to Canada through an online contest.

The prize includes two airline tickets to British Columbia, seven nights’ accommodation and the new luggage.

Authorities said the Australians were victims of a scam of a tourism company based in Canada is identified as false “Tours AUSCAN.”

The investigation began after Perth residents alerted customs officials at Perth International Airport on their return home to Australia saying they had problems with their luggage.

“The organizers of this scam worked to provide a facade of legitimacy,” said Perth Airport Police Commander David Bach, in a press release. “Fortunately, travelers contact customs and dismissed their concerns, allowing us to make the arrest.”

An X-ray examination showed irregularities luggage back in the lining of the bags and the subsequent review revealed kilograms approximately three and a half of methamphetamine hidden in each bag.

A 38-year-old Canadian man was arrested Sunday at the airport in Perth and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

Police said the raids were carried out in a hotel in Scarborough, Australia “which was alleged documents associated with this type of fraud as well as electronic equipment, two bags (similar to those seized at the airport in Perth) and approximately 15,000 in cash were seized. “

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