How Mexico’s Cartels Recruit Drug Mules On Grand Theft Auto Online

1/24/2022 6:16:00 PM

Mexico’s drug mafias are finding meth mules inside one of the world’s most popular games, as indicated by a previously-unreported case in Arizona.

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Grand Theft Auto players know what it’s like working for a Mexican cartel. But they do so from the comfort of their own bedroom. What many don’t realize is that real life cartel recruiters are playing the game and recruiting players for real life work

Mexico ’s drug mafias are finding meth mules inside one of the world’s most popular games, as indicated by a previously-unreported case in Arizona.

What many don’t realise is that real life cartel recruiters are playing the game and recruiting players for real life work. Last year, Mexican police revealed youngsters were being recruited by drug cartels over popular video games, including Grand Theft Auto Online, though there was little in the way of evidence.

According to a case unearthed byForbes, it appears the U.S. has gathered evidence that GTA Online really is a recruitment tool for Mexico’s narcotics cartels.In November last year, Customs and Border Protection officials in Arizona were inspecting a Jeep Cherokee when they found nearly 60 kilograms of methamphetamine, the government said. When they asked the driver, Alyssa Navarro, what her story was, she said that in January that year she had been playing Grand Theft Auto Online when she met a man calling himself George, according to a search warrant unsealed late last week. After getting to know each other within the game, Navarro said they eventually started talking on Snapchat and later met in person in Phoenix, investigators claimed.

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But they do so from the comfort of their own bedroom.  What many don’t realise is that real life cartel recruiters are playing the game and recruiting players for real life work. Sometimes a comedy just needs time to find its footing; I hope both get the opportunity. Last year, Mexican police revealed youngsters were being recruited by drug cartels over popular video games, including Grand Theft Auto Online, though there was little in the way of evidence. But most bacteria aren’t harmful, and many are helpful — even necessary — to a healthy life. According to a case unearthed by Forbes , it appears the U. Instead of each episode beginning with a disembodied future voice (Bob Saget in the original) regaling his preteens about his younger days in New York City, now we actually see the main character in the future (Kim Cattrall) talking with her son via video call.S. Two Canadian tourists were killed and another wounded Friday by an armed assailant at a five-star hotel on Mexico’s Caribbean strip, local authorities said.

has gathered evidence that GTA Online really is a recruitment tool for Mexico’s narcotics cartels. (Patrick Wymore/Hulu) Hilary Duff plays the character in her younger incarnation — aka in the present — and I think she has a terrific presence here. Even those few that can be dangerous often aren’t. In November last year, Customs and Border Protection officials in Arizona were inspecting a Jeep Cherokee when they found nearly 60 kilograms of methamphetamine, the government said. When they asked the driver, Alyssa Navarro, what her story was, she said that in January that year she had been playing Grand Theft Auto Online when she met a man calling himself George, according to a search warrant unsealed late last week. The pilot episode is clumsy with exposition as it introduces the group. After getting to know each other within the game, Navarro said they eventually started talking on Snapchat and later met in person in Phoenix, investigators claimed. And those tiny critters aren’t just passive passengers. The suspect said that George asked her over Snapchat whether she’d like some work as a “runner,” shipping electronics so they could be sold in Mexico, telling her she could be paid as much as $2,000 a trip depending on how big the load was, according to the government filing.” That’s … a mouthful.

Federal investigators obtained Snapchat messages from Navarro’s phone in which George promises “a lot of money” and offered the use of a truck, believed to be the same Jeep in which she was apprehended. Sometimes, drug cartels try to hide narcotics in electronics equipment when shifting them across the border. From left: Chris Lowell and Hilary Duff are the will they/won't they couple of"How I Met Your Father. “They divide and replicate” and “they even wage wars against each other,” she says. But, per Navarro’s narrative as described in a criminal complaint against her, she was told to meet a contact in Mexico called Alfredo, who gave her the Jeep and said she should fill up the tank at certain gas stations along the way and take the vehicle to another unidentified individual. The methamphetamine was not hidden in electronics but in the fuel tank, CBP officers found. There’s a blandness to the show and its self-conscious attempts at now-ness (Tinder! Uber! Viral videos!) but the talent in front of the camera is strong enough to generate some chemistry if show creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (who cowrote the movie “Love, Simon”) get a better handle on the writing itself and what makes these characters click. According to the complaint, when investigators asked if she didn’t think the job offer was odd, or too good to be true, she agreed it did seem strange, and when she was on the bus to Mexico, even asked herself, “What am I doing?” but still went ahead and met her mysterious contact. In his 1974 book Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, the physician and writer Lewis Thomas put it this way: “Disease usually results from inconclusive negotiations for symbiosis, an overstepping of the line by one side or the other, a biologic misinterpretation of borders.

Whatever the government thinks happened in Navarro’s case is unclear, but she has been charged with conspiracy to import and sell methamphetamine, as well as possession. Created by Phil Augusta Jackson (whose credits include HBO’s “Insecure”), the friends are as follows: The terrific Nicole Byer as the supremely self-confident glue that holds the group together, Chicago native Echo Kellum as her brother (a hopeless romantic), Justin Cunningham as the married househusband who spends an inordinate amount of time with his friends in the evenings while his wife apparently does other things, Aaron Jennings as the yuppie go-getter, Carl Tart as Anthony’s roommate (a charmer who has yet to find his professional way in the world) and Grasie Mercedes as their pal who works at the wine bar where they all converge. Earlier this month, she pleaded not guilty. The Department of Justice had not responded to a request for comment. The cast of"Grand Crew" at their regular wine bar spot, from left: Justin Cunningham, Carl Tart, Echo Kellum, Aaron Jennings and Nicole Byer. Last October, Mexican law enforcement in Oaxaca said three minors had been recruited over popular mobile battle royale game Free Fire. The kids had been offered around $200 a week as cartel lookouts, according to media reports . Refreshingly, he’s a character without many neuroses who proudly announces he gets all the therapy he needs from YouTube compilations of Will Smith interviews.

At the time, it was also reported individuals claiming to belong to various narcotics crews, including the Sinaloa Cartel, were reaching out to children late at night on games including the online multiplayer version of Grand Theft Auto V. Computer games have proven increasingly popular for other kinds of grooming. I like all of this. The explosion in the popularity of online gaming has led to platforms like Minecraft, XBox Live, or games like GTA Online and Fortnite becoming spots where many children spend time with existing friends and make new ones. The anonymity of an online gaming handle has however attracted predators, and the Justice Department has prosecuted multiple men who tried to hide behind online personas to coerce minors. If we’re comparing, I would say the comedy feels less labored than it does on “How I Met Your Father,” but it’s a show that relies heavily on the charisma and comedic instincts of its performers. This story is part of The Wire IRL feature in my newsletter, The Wiretap .

Out every Monday, it’s a mix of strange true crime and real-world surveillance, with all the relevant search warrants and court documents for you to pore over. But the cast is carrying a disproportionate amount of the load. There’s also all the cybersecurity and privacy news you need to read. Sign up . Also, Kellum has one of the best speaking voices on television.