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    Dogs being used as drug mules in Italy.

    NewsAnimal CrueltyFriday 22 March 2013

    Invetsigators and police have arrested 75 people across Italy in a drug smuggling ring that used dogs who carried cocaine in their bodies. The dogs would then be sliced open, the drugs removed and the dogs murdered. At least 50 dogs have died from being sliced open according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

    The major drug ring was only discovered last week and the main way of smuggling drugs was through the use of the dogs. The dogs would be forced to swallow bags containing up to as much as 2.8 pounds of cocaine (It is unknown how the gangs could get the dogs to swallow such large amounts. Once smuggled through to Italy the dogs would be sliced open, the drugs would be retrieved and then the dogs would be left for dead. They would use larger dogs such as Great Danes and Labradors to maximise the amount of drugs a dog could smuggle. It was unclear how they were able to make the dogs swallow such large amounts.

    The gang are all suspected to have links to South America gangs. They are all expected to face charges of criminal association, illegal weapon possessions and of course drug trafficking.

    Sadly it is not the first time dogs have been used as drug mules. Previously a sheep dog was flown from Columbia to New York which had cocain sewn into it’s body. Custom officials got suspicious after realising the dog was ill and gave it an x-ray. It was only then did the officials discover the drugs. Unfortunately dogs are useful when smuggling contraband as they do not attract the same attention as a human would passing through customs.

    A common technique for mules to smuggle drugs is to wrap the drugs up in plastics such as condoms and then swallow them, insert them in certain cavities and even hide them in clothes. This can be a highly dangerous procedure as if one of the packets bursts the mule will face an almost certain death.

    The global drugs trade is estimated to be worth US$321.6 billion a year and with so much money it is inevitable that gangs will keep coming up with more and more desperate ways to smuggle the drugs. 

    Source: Daily Mail

    Photo Source: Valerie Everett

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