GTA Online is also used by criminals, were our parents right?

GTA Online is also used by criminals, were our parents right?

GTA Online is also used by criminals

Perhaps, in the 90s, our parents were really right in telling us that video games are bad and make us violent, because the story that comes from Mexico and involves GTA Online is literally unbelievable. We can have some bitter irony, but as reported online what happened in the country is really serious and the fact that there is an important and highly played title like the multiplayer of the Rockstar Games saga is also under a certain aspect worrying. br>
Apparently, a woman was arrested in Arizona in November while attempting to transport 60 kilos of methamphetamine. She later confessed to starting this job after being recruited by a Mexican drug cartel on… GTA Online. That's right, you got it right: the multiplayer sector of the last chapter of the Grand Theft Auto saga was used to recruit couriers, who have the task of transporting drugs.

The woman obviously declared herself innocent, they explain that in fact the people who contacted her asked her to carry electronic items. Hard to believe, considering the $ 2,000 pocketed on each trip. Obviously the point is not the crime committed by the person, but how online games can somehow become fertile ground for a series of crimes, obviously including drug transport. That it happened in GTA Online, probably, is just a coincidence but it is not certain that other video games can be immune from criminals in search of new recruits and more. Hypothesis also confirmed by Forbes, with the magazine that conducted an investigation into the matter, discovering that it is not such a rare phenomenon.

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Mexican Cartels Recruit Drug Runners Through GTA Online, Reports Show

Drug cartels in Mexico are reportedly using the video game Grand Theft Auto to recruit people into working for them.

The game may incorporate working for criminal groups in a virtual world, but the lines between make-believe and reality are being blurred as recruiters are said to be taking to the game to expand their networks in real life.

Mexican police have revealed that the popular video game Grand Theft Auto Online is being utilised by drug cartels to source young adults into becoming mules for their organisation, exemplified by a previously unreported case in Arizona that involved the smuggling of meth.

Grand Theft Auto game (Alamy) Grand Theft Auto game (Alamy)

In November 2021 Alyssa Navarro was stopped by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and found with 60kg of methamphetamine in her Jeep Cherokee, Forbes reports.

When questioned by officials, Navarro said she had met a man while playing Grand Theft Auto Online in January earlier that year.

A search warrant that was unsealed last week has since revealed the player to have gone by the name 'George'.

According to investigators, the pair first began speaking via the game, before moving to social media platform Snapchat, and later meeting person in Phoenix.

Navarro claimed it was over Snapchat that 'George' asked if she would like to be a 'runner' for him, and be paid up to $2,000 per trip to ship electronics that would later be sold in Mexico, as per the government report.

Gameplay from Grand Theft Auto (Alamy)Gameplay from Grand Theft Auto (Alamy)

Electronics equipment is sometimes used by cartels to hide drugs while they are smuggled across borders.

Recovered messages from Navarro's phone showed promises of 'a lot of money' and the offer of a truck, which federal investigators think is the same vehicle that Navarro was stopped in.

Navarro then detailed her journey to Mexico, where she claimed she was asked to meet with a man named Alfredo, who gave her the Jeep. The man also reportedly told her which gas stations to use, before instructing her to drop off the vehicle to another individual.

CBP officers reported that the drugs were found not in electronics, but concealed in the Jeep's fuel tank.

When apprehended, Navarro reflected that the job offer had been strange but that she had continued with it nevertheless.

Navarro has subsequently been charged with possession of, and conspiracy to import and sell methamphetamine. She pleaded not guilty earlier this month.

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