Blind Mules

This story at CNN grabbed my attention:

‘Blind mules’ unknowingly ferry drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border

It’s the tale of a SENTRI pass holder on the U.S. / Mexican border.  The SENTRI program is designed for those whose daily affairs require frequent border crossings.  Those qualified into SENTRI will use designated lanes at the border to receive expedited processing, and fewer inspections, from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the understanding that they will drive across with nothing in the trunks of their cars.

But there are still random inspections.  And in this case, two bundles of marijuana were found in the trunk.  The individual was arrested, detained, tried and convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and faced several years in jail.

Only he was a victim.  A blind mule.  He was targeted by the real drug smugglers simply because he held a SENTRI pass.  Read the story for the full details.

So, could C-TPAT cargo be similarly targeted for smuggling?  For terrorism?  Expedited processing.  Fewer inspections.  And for the terrorist, the opportunity to score points against the very program designed to stop him.

Your thoughts?

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