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article imageOp-Ed: Don't cry for the Lima cocaine mules

By Alexander Baron     Aug 15, 2013 in Crime
Lima - Earlier this week, two young women were arrested at Lima Airport with bags full of cocaine. They face years, perhaps decades in gaol. Ain't life a bitch?
Yeah, I know all the arguments, and I support the total decriminalisation of drugs, including hard drugs. Have I ever used them? I used cocaine recently; I think it was cocaine, it was injected into my gum before my lady dentist yanked out what was left of a tooth. That's the nearest I've ever got to cocaine, though if other people want to use it, that's fine by me, but unfortunately for Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid, what I think doesn't matter. (People often tell me that).
These two sad young things were stopped at Lima Airport with a reported 11kg of cocaine in their baggage, which was clearly not for their personal use.
So what did they say? I didn't know they contained drugs. I was forced to take these bags in my luggage. At gunpoint, would you believe? No, I wouldn't. Connolly is from Northern Ireland. In 1986, it would have been credible for an Irish teenager to board a plane without checking her luggage, but after that El Al security officer discovered a bomb in Anne Murphy's suitcase, the rules of the game changed forever.
Connolly and Reid are of course entitled to the presumption of innocence, even though Reid told her mother she was in Ibiza. How stupid can anybody get? Is there a half-intelligent human being on this planet who doesn't know that if you are caught with a kg of the white stuff anywhere you are in big trouble? And 11kg, let's not go there. Sorry, they did.
Big as their mistake was, it could have been bigger: ask Lindsay Sandiford. She made the mistake of smuggling coke in Bali; she compounded that mistake by spinning the authorities a cock and bull story about being coerced into trafficking it and then allowed shyster lawyer Clive Stafford Smith to present so-called expert evidence (read psychobabble) to the effect that this story was credible. Had she fessed up and thrown herself on the mercy of the court, she might have received a twenty year sentence instead of the death penalty.
Wise up boys and girls, there ain't no easy money, and if you can afford a plane ticket to an exotic destination, you don't need it anyway.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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