I am a former drug mule for the Mexican drug cartel. AMA
Hey, Reddit! I was an active drug smuggler for a period of 6 months. I mostly operated within the states, but from time to time I would smuggle from Mexico. During my time I was caught a total of 3 times. 1st time by DEA, 2nd time by Border patrol and 3rd time by State Police. You might be wondering how I'm not in prison, well it's kind of a long story; Deny everything...
After the 6 months I worked my way up the food chain. Instead of being the mule, my unofficial job was to recruit mules. I had the option to smuggle it myself, but I'd rather hire someone else and just give them a percentage of the sale. Going head to head with the FEDs is not something I want to do again, it was safer this way.
Being able to provide proof on this was kind of tricky. It's not like I was put on a payroll, I did my best. The mods will provide a statement, anything outside of that you'll have to take my word for it.
Proof: refer to comments
Edit 1: I will still be answering questions, but at a slower pace. I'm not done yet so don't worry. I'll get to you eventually.
Edit 2: I want to address something a lot of you have been asking. As a mule I was caught, yes. 3 times exactly. You're asking why the cartel would allow a mule to explain himself, well that's because I wasn't your average mule. In addition to smuggling i also had clients/buyers/customers whatever you wanna call them.
These clients of mine were powerful people who would buy a lot, frequently. I was the middleman between the cartel and clients. My very first sale, I sold 50k of product, simply by introducing the two parties. Of course I only made $1000; call it a finder's fee. I was lucky enought my clients would only speak to me to set up buys. So If I went down then there goes a huge client. It was after this initial sale that I was strongly discouraged from smuggling.
When I first thought about doing an AMA I originally wanted to represent myself as a low level boss, but it's difficult providing viable proof for this line of work so I went with the mule instead.