ALYSSA Navarro was arrested while trying to cross the border to the US with nearly 60kg of methamphetamine.
This woman said she was recruited by the Mexican gang through GTA Online – an indie multiplayer Grand Theft Auto game that launched with GTA 5.
Forbes reported that Navarro was stopped in a Jeep Cherokee at the Arizona border by Customs and Border Protection officials.
After the drug block was discovered in the fuel tank, Navarro confessed that she recruited while playing GTA Online.
According to her account of events, she was playing GTA Online with a man named ‘George’.
Eventually, the couple switched their conversation to Snapchat and continued to meet face-to-face.
George offers Navarro a chance to earn thousands of dollars if she agrees to ship electronics across the US/Mexico border.
As well as telling her she could make “a lot of money” — up to $2,000 per ride — George said he would lend Navarro a truck to take on the road.
Navarro was directed to meet a man named Alfredo in Mexico, who gave her the keys to the Jeep.
He told her to refill the tank at specific gas stations along the route back to America.
Federal investigators were skeptical, asking Navarro why she didn’t consider the job offer suspect.
It’s a bit odd, she says, going so far as to ask herself “what am I doing?” en route to Mexico – but her doubts did not discourage her.
Recruiting runners through online games is not new; Three boys aged 11-14 are organized by the Mexican corporation through the online mobile game Garena Free Fire.
Based on ABC Newsthey are given 200 dollars a week to do the task of tracking drug cartels.
Meanwhile, Navarro was charged with “conspiracy to import and sell methamphetamine, as well as possession.”
She pleads not guilty.
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