RIGA - 230 drug couriers from the Baltic States were detained abroad during the year 2012 – 30 from Estonia, 100 from Latvia and 100 from Lithuania, reports LETA, referring to the magazineIr.
They were smuggling drugs in their stomachs or hand luggage from South America, Asia and Africa to Europe – Spain, the Netherlands and Great Britain.
Law enforcement authorities estimate detaining 10 percent of all drug couriers. Thus more than 2,000 Baltic residents could be involved in drug trafficking, points out Ir.
Drug couriers are paid 2,000 - 6,000 euros for one "delivery" trip. An increase in the number of cheap flights has also contributed to the growing numbers of drug couriers.