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

1/25/2022 9:50:00 AM

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

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

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 realize 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 60kg 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 who called 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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