This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.
Senior citizens are being targeted by drug trafficking organizations to smuggle drugs into Canada, according to an advisory by the Canada Border Services Agency obtained by CBC News.
The advisory, which CBC obtained under the Access to Information Act [Similar to the Freedom of Information ACT], said seniors are being scammed online and in some cases losing “substantial money” to traffickers, who then coerce them into smuggling drugs as a means of recovering their cash.
According to CBC News, the advisory says, trafficking organizations groom and manipulate their targets using a variety of techniques.
"While organizations like these victimize consumers of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels, the elderly appear to have been disproportionately targeted by these networks.”
The advisory recommended CBSA employees keep an eye out for potential senior drug smugglers, and also noted that seniors traveling through countries with harsh drug penalties, including death, are particularly vulnerable.
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