Today, Police in Yonkers New York discovered the body of male who apparently died when one of packets of heroin he possessed in his stomach entered his system killing him. Local news radio station 1010 reported this death. http://www.1010wins.com/50-Heroin-Pkts-Found-in-Man-s-Body-in-Yonkers-Park/3097276
The BBC produced a nice video interview of a man who volunteered to be a mule. Notice the cut on his forehead and his interaction, while he does not admit to using drugs himself his appearance suggest a history of substance abuse.
The lexicon has defined such individuals who digest illegal drugs as couriers for drug dealers as mules. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mule_(smuggling) Reports this decade in Peru reveal that every day 2 persons were caught smuggling drugs in the mule method. http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=41264
Poverty, especially in Latin America and Africa see ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4261934.stm ) causes many precious humans to disregard there own life in the anticipation of cash compensation, or safety for their family. ( Deliver the drugs or we will kill your family). Sadly, upon arrival to the United States these ” faceless, nameless mules” for drug dealers are often killed and there stomach cut open to recover the drugs.
In 2007 at JFK, Police conducted an “x” ray of a teenager from the Dominican Republic he had ingested 80 packets of drugs. His compensation $300.00 .see http://gothamist.com/2007/10/27/drug_mule_nabbe.php
In another example of drug dealer ” creative ” dealing” Last year the New York Times reported that “puppies” were being used as mules garnering public sympathy. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/02/nyregion/02puppy.html. It is sad that public opinion will most likely be indifferent to the plight of this poor man. While it may be possible that he was involved in the drug trade, and got caught skimming profits and as such forced with the decision to take a bullet or take a trip with the drugs, the conduct in nevertheless barbaric.
Last week I wrote about guns and drugs being placed in baby carriages and other children furnishings. This man was from the Dominican Republic, a very poor country. The ingestion of lethal amounts of heroin , here 50 bags is mind boggling. The duress that this man must have been under truly shocks the conscious. That drug dealers demonstrate such a disregard for human life can only classify them as SAVAGES. Those who use recreational drugs should be reminded that ” life is precious” and drug dealers don’t value life.