Sheep as 'Mules'
March 18, 2005
Question: How do you turn a sheep into a mule? Answer: Make it swallow narcotics.
According to Associated Press, police in southeastern Iran found 38 kg (84 lbs.) of opium hidden in the stomach of nine sheep and goats. The animals had apparently been forced to swallow the narcotics by drug traffickers bringing the product over from neighboring Afghanistan en route to Western Europe.
Drug smugglers who swallow packets of cocaine or heroin in an attempt to avoid detection are often referred to as drug 'mules.'