‘Evenimentul Zilei’ wrote yesterday that several Romanian citizens who had left to work as strawberry pickers in Venezuela were arrested and convicted for drug smuggling. The Romanian cocaine ‘mules’ were caught by the Venezuelan National Guard after they lost their nerves while waiting in the queues in front of the checkpoints located within the ‘Simon Bolivar’ airport. They were thoroughly searched (their stomachs were x-rayed), detained and imprisoned. Almost all of them had swallowed or hidden in their luggage the same quantity of drugs – 1 kilogram, a quantity that seems to be considered optimal for being transported by a ‘mule.’ That is the term used for those that consent to being used to smuggle drugs over borders by stuffing their bodies or luggage with them. The Venezuelan law provisions terms from 8 to 10 years in jail in case the drugs are hidden in luggage, and from 4 to 6 years in case they are smuggled by being swallowed. The Romanian smugglers have received sentences ranging from 2 years to 8 years.