Foreign Drug Mules in Paraguay

A foreign tourist working as a drug mule in Paraguay is able to make up to $3,970 per trip smuggling drugs out of the country. A local Paraguayan earns about $200. Security officials in the country stated that drug trafficking gangs prefer to use foreigners who enter the country on tourist visas because they usually have a clean criminal record and can be made to appear wealthy.

(Price of cocaine by country.)

Source: Hugo Barrios, “Paraguay: Tourists serve as mules,” Infosurhoy, July 30, 2013.