July 8 - Senior Citizens lured into becoming Drug Mules. We hear from two who escaped incarceration.
In Part 1 of our ongoing series of reports on older Americans, KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper spoke the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) about an international scheme to turn unwitting senior citizens into drug mules. The federal Operation Cocoon investigation revealed that 144 older couriers were recruited by drug organizations to ferry illegal drugs overseas. The majority of these couriers were U.S. citizens. The average age of these senior drug mules was 59 and the oldest courier was 87 years old. Today, Mary Lou reaches out to two of the victims of these scams. The first, a retired pastor from Maine and the second a retired contractor from Arizona.