KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 25 — Mexican drug cartels are turning to online gambling to recruit mules to deliver their illicit proceeds.
Mexican police have revealed young people being recruited by drug cartels for popular video games, including grand theft auto online, Forbes reported.
In November, Arizona Customs and Border Protection officials found nearly 60 kilograms of methamphetamine in a Jeep Cherokee.
The driver told investigators she started gambling grand theft auto online in January where she met a man who called himself “George”.
After getting to know each other in-game, the woman said they eventually started talking on Snapchat and later met in person in Phoenix.
The driver said George asked her on Snapchat if she’d like to work as a ‘runner’, shipping electronics so they could be sold in Mexico, telling her she could be paid up to $2,000 (RM8,376) per trip depending on how big the load was.
Meanwhile, Mexican law enforcement in Oaxaca say three minors were recruited into a popular mobile battle royale game Free fire where they were offered around US$200 (RM837) a week as cartel watchers.
Individuals claiming to be from various narcotics teams, including the Sinaloa Cartel, were reaching out to children late at night on games, including the online multiplayer version of Grand Theft Auto V.