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Professor Termaine Garden
April 29, 2014
Attention Getter: I’m sure more than half you have watched a movie or documentary that had to
do with drugs.
Credibility: I once saw a movie called “Maria Full of Grace”, and it was based on drug
trafficking. It showed one of the many ways they go about smuggling drugs, and it sparked an
interest in me choosing this topic and looking into it more.
Audience Relevance: Want to know what a drug mule looks like? Well if you look in the mirror
that can be one answer. There is no “look” for a drug mule. Every single person involved in drug
trafficking is doing it for the money they will make.
Thesis: Today I will be informing you on drug trafficking. First, on a few methods used to
smuggle in the drugs. Second, the countries that are known for drug trafficking. And lastly, ways
that they are trying to be prevented.
(Transition): Now I am going to share with you three different methods people have tried to
sneak in narcotics into the country illegally.
I: Methods of drug trafficking:
A) In an article that I had read, Heroin Implants Turned Puppies Into Drug Mules, the
drug traffickers had used puppies. The drug trafficker had used 10 puppies from
Medellin, Colombia and surgically implanted packets of heroin into the puppies’
bodies to ship them to the United States. They tried making the puppies seem as
“show puppies” so that they would get through customs easier.
a) 3 puppies died after they were saved because of the drugs.
B) In another article, To Smuggle More Drugs, Traffickers Go Under the Sea, drug
traffickers have come up with a new way to try and smuggle drugs into the United
States. They used a submarine across the Caribbean Sea. The submarine that was
caught trying to smuggle in contraband, had several tons of cocaine. In the article it
was also stated that there are now three new submarines that are “capable of traveling
underwater from South America to the coast of the United States.”.
a) With this situation occurring it also now brings worry to the Americans that
this method can also be used to transport attackers or weapons for terrorism.
C) Another method that drugs have been smuggled in was from a South African woman
who had 1.5kg of cocaine sued into her fake dreadlocks. She was caught in the airport
of Bangkok. She is now being put on trial, and will possibly be facing the death
penalty. The cocaine in her dreadlocks weighed over 3 pounds, and they were worth
$150,000. She was going to get paid $1,900. Barely $2,000 that were clearly not
worth having to either spend the rest of her life in prison, or face the death penalty.
People that are helping to smuggle in these drugs illegally do it for their own selfish reasons, of
wanting to make money, nothing thinking logically of the consequences. This is why the poor
countries are usually the ones doing most of the drug trafficking into the United States.
II: Countries known for drug trafficking:
A) Drug trafficking is the most profitable illegal trade.
B) There are 7 main countries that are known for their drug trafficking.
g) The Bahamas
C) Mexico is the “primary conduit for drugs entering the U.S”.
(Transition): With so many countries trying to find their way to smuggle in their narcotics, the
United States is trying to find sufficient ways in cutting down, and eventually stopping drug
III: Trying to Prevent Drug Trafficking:
A) The United States is setting up stronger borders to shield drug trafficking. The more
protection we build around our country, and the stronger border surveillance we have,
the better chance we have to stop drug trafficking.
B) Not only do drug traffickers directly try and bring in drugs through the boarders, but
they also do “air-drop deliveries”, and with how huge and remote some states are in
this country, the United States is setting up stronger and more efficient surveillance.
C) Barack Obama has been trying to strengthen security in the southwest border, from
Mexico to the north, and stop the movement of arms and money towards the south.
D) They are trying to improve X-Ray machines as
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