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Ministry of Silly Walks

New Zealand customs officers noticed that most members of a tour group that just arrived at Auckland Airport from Malaysia were walking “decidedly uncomfortably.” When the officers tried to round them up for a closer look, some tried to run, but understandably didn’t get far. The tourists were smuggling methamphetamine in their shoes, a Customs spokesman said. A total of 8.5 kilograms (18.7 lbs.) was found, and “most were walking on top of [the drug].” The eight men and two women aged 21 to 61 were arrested, the spokesman said, noting their smuggling effort “wasn’t that clever.” (AC/Auckland Stuff) ...Before you criticize their methods, try walking a mile in their shoes.
Original Publication Date: 15 May 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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