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Filipinos in Iran Warned Against Acting as Drug Mules

GMANews.TV, Posted: Mar 25, 2010

Overseas Filipino workers in Iran were warned against falling for "contracts" as drug mules to carry items or baggage to another foreign city in exchange for money or leisure trips.

Philippine Ambassador to Iran Generoso Senga said this is likely part of a modus operandi of drug-trafficking rings in the country. "Filipino victims were asked to bring a certain item or baggage from Iran to another country, usually Bangkok, Thailand or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in exchange for money or leisure trips abroad," the Department of Foreign Affairs said in its website.

The DFA also advised the public to be vigilant when offered similar jobs in Iran and to first check the veracity of the job being offered with the Department of Labor and Employment or the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency. Earlier, the DFA issued a warning to the public on smuggling illegal drugs in Iran after two Filipinos were apprehended for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs there.

The two were lured by offers of lucrative salaries in exchange for the seemingly easy task of transporting a package with their baggage. But the packages were found by the Iranian customs authorities to contain illegal drugs. Under Sharia law, drug smuggling is punishable by life imprisonment or death by hanging.

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