They won a nice set of luggage.
An older couple in Australia was happy when they won a contest.
They received a great prize: a trip for two to Canada, including a seven-night hotel stay and a set of expensive new luggage.
It was when they were returning to Australia that there was a bit of a problem.
They noticed that their suitcases seemed suspiciously heavy on their return trip.
Concerned, they contacted authorities.
When their suitcases were x-rayed at Perth International Airport, it was confirmed that something was not right.
What wasn’t right was the three and a half kilos of methamphetamine hidden inside the suitcase linings.
The drugs were worth about $7 million Australian dollars.
The couple were victims of a new type of scam where the "winners" of a travel contest become unwitting drug mules.
A Canadian tour company called AUSCAN set up the trip. The company, of course, was fake.
Police also arrested a Canadian man who was waiting to greet the couple when they arrived at the airport in Australia.
Police also raided a hotel room where more of those nice expensive sets of luggage were waiting to be given away.
New holiday scam using Australians as drug mules, Australian Times uk>>