If you’re thankful for nothing else this year, be thankful that you are not 23-year-old Nolubabalo “Babsi” Nobanda, of Grahamstown, South Africa who was caught by Thai authorities for trying to smuggle 1,5 kg of cocaine worth about $150000 wrapped in her dreadlocks.
I must admit, out of the most common methods of drug trafficking that I’ve heard of-swallowing capsules, stuffing tied condoms “up there” and so on-hers was the most creative and she actually managed to pass through Sao Paulo, Brazil and Qatar without being caught before arriving in Bangkok, Thailand.
Asia is the WORST place on earth to be caught drug trafficking. Their laws regarding drugs are very strict. According to the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network, 16 Asia Pacific countries (Bangladesh, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) apply the death penalty for the offences of drug trafficking and possession. However despite the large number of Asian countries enforcing these laws, it doesn’t look like the incidences of drug trafficking to these countries have deterred traffickers in any way. Mainly because the people getting hired as drug mules are usually doing it out of desperation and poverty. And oddly enough the same day that Nolubabalo was caught, Janice Linden, also a South African, was executed by lethal injection in China for drug trafficking.
This article on TheGoodDrugsGuide.com lists the top 7 countries you do not want to get caught drug trafficking in with the United Arab Emirates leading the pack in the “are you kidding me” category having once imprisoned a British man for 4 years for having a trace of cannibis barely visible to the naked eye stuck to the bottom of his shoe. Needless to say, drugs are heavily frowned upon in the UAE.
The video below shows Thai authorities demonstrating how the cocaine was hidden in Nolubabalo’s hair. She admitted to smuggling the drugs and said she was hired for about $1910. According to The Herald Online she will likely serve no less than 40 to 50 years. Apparently the death sentence is only awarded if she receives 3 life sentences. Luckily for her Thailand hasn’t enforced the death penalty since 2004. She looks like she’s cried herself into shock, I can’t help but feel pity for her and especially her family who’s hearts must be breaking right now. To be imprisoned in a foreign country at the young age of 23, so sad. I’m sure the culture shock shall be incredible! According to various articles online about the incident it doesn’t seem like she hails from a poverty stricken background either so one can only assume greed was the cause of her foolish decision.
What a way to end the year.