Our searches can tell a lot about us and our current state of mind, and it is because of this that a drug mule entering into Australia was caught. 36-year-old Sam Kul was entering Australia after spending four months in Europe, where upon entry into the country, airport customs officers searched through his phone where they found his search history that led them to believe he was hiding something.
According to the report, Kul was found to have searched for things like, “Does customs check every bag in Australia?”, and “Can money be seen on airport scanners?” along with, “Bringing a million dollars through airport.” He had also at one point Googled, “How to browse privately on Samsung?”
Upon further investigation, airport authorities discovered that Kul had smuggled 4kg of cocaine worth an estimated value of AUD$20,000. The drugs were sewn into his carry-on luggage. He is expected to be sentenced next week, but he has pleaded not guilty to importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.
It is unclear as to what might have prompted the authorities to search his phone and his search history to begin with. That being said, in addition to search history, the things we post on social media can also be used against us. For those planning to travel to the US, they will be required to submit their social media information as part of the visa application process.