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21. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I forgot my favorite one...a profesional basketball player came though a walk through metal detector and it rang...Seems he wraped his drugs in aluminum foil. (Drugs don't set off metal detectors, but aluminum sure will;))

22. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

I forgot my favorite one...a profesional basketball player came though a walk through metal detector and it rang...Seems he wraped his drugs in aluminum foil. (Drugs don't set off metal detectors, but aluminum sure will;))

I guess the pro-basketball players aren't the smartest! He should have used carbon paper (that we used to use for have the writing go throughto the page under it).

I never smuggled any drugs but did have to get a couple buddhas out of Burma .

23. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

people INSIDE of large truck tires (ON a truck...BP wondered why the man was driving so slow)

WOW, that one's amazing. Too funny.

I do remember reading one of your posts where you were the suspect while crossing back from Mexico.

Innocent? or did you use your vast knowledge to outsmart them?

24. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

The basketball player could have just used a baggie! Hahahah...No part of my job was to test security, and there are things I can't tell you (because then people would try it;)) But I have never (outside of work) attempted to smuggle anything-anywhere...and that is my story and I am sticking to it;)

25. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Quoting SamSalmon

Her Father is a convicted criminal who has spent more time in prison than out and is in prison now-her Brother is a convicted Drug Dealer-nice family!

I tried to find the info and here's what I got from Google:

Schapelle Corby - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schapelle_Corby
Corby's father (who was himself convicted of a drug related
offence
[2]

Corby's dad busted for drugs
By Jennifer Sexton and Greg Roberts
May 21, 2005
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15358628-2,00.html

26. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting zags

Corby's dad busted for drugs
By Jennifer Sexton and Greg Roberts
May 21, 2005
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15358628-2,00.html

Interesting article. Thanks for posting it.

I know this is a big story in Australia. Is this also a big story in Indonesia? Or not really?

27. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Quoting SamSalmon

Her Father is a convicted criminal who has spent more time in prison than out and is in prison now-her Brother is a convicted Drug Dealer-nice family!

This is really quite untrue! To get the facts straight, her father had some minor conviction related to possessing marijuana 30 years ago (says it wasn't his) and her brother is in jail for breaking and entering. Neither has any conviction related to the drug trade (unless you count possession of drugs as equal to being a drug dealer).

People really need to start separating media from truth. This whole Corby case has been an example of some of the most atrocious reporting possible. I dare say the media in Indonesia would actually be more reliable than in Australia.

She may be guilty, she may be innocent. It is for the courts to decide.

28. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

I know this is a big story in Australia. Is this also a big story in Indonesia? Or not really?

It wasn't really.

But now that the government had to close the Embassy because of some terror (using anthrax-contaminated powder) at Indonesian Embassy in Canberra following Corby's life sentence, this became a political issue, and it has become a big issue. Indonesian Consulate in Perth also received a murder threat letter with two bullets in it.

Quoting Peter

She may be guilty, she may be innocent. It is for the courts to decide.

I agree.

I found this article written by Paul Kelly, an editor of The Australian. He compared Corby vs Bashir (Bali bomb case). I think this article is interesting: A fair trial, but not in our media

don't mean to offend anyone. really.

29. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Thanks zags for the excellent link. I am Australian myself, and married an Indonesian woman in Jakarta. Once Australians step out of their own self-obsessed vacuum, and into their neighbouring countries, then they may see how narrow-minded & racist they really are.

Some of the key points from the article that zags referred to ...

Quoting Paul Kelly "The Australian"
01 June 2005


"This is not a situation of right and wrong. It is about evidence in a court. If we abandon the test of evidence, then we go back to burning witches. For people to say Indonesia's system has failed because they have a feeling Corby is innocent is Lindy Chamberlain in reverse."

"The more this campaign becomes a political issue in Indonesia, then the harder it will become for President Yudhoyono to grant a pardon at a later date or to arrange a prisoner exchange."

"The media has erected a false comparison between the Corby and Bashir cases. In the process it seeks to obliterate the prompt and punitive actions taken by the Indonesian court against the bombers, an action that promoted a sense of public trust in Australia. This is a betrayal of the Bali victims."

"The court ran the Corby trial in much the same way that it ran the Bali bombers trial," Lindsey says.

"After the bombers were sentenced there were people in this country saying they would like to pull the trigger. So we are now being totally hypocritical. Australians can't have it both ways. We like the Indonesian courts when they convict our enemies who are Asian but we won't accept it when they convict a white Australian woman. We're either inconsistent or racist and the Indonesians see this. We love the court for the terrorists and we hate the court for Schapelle Corby. This will do Australia a lot of harm."

30. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

She may be guilty, she may be innocent. It is for the courts to decide.

You're a week behind the news here-Guilty as charged-20 years behind bars.
End of Story.