Perils of proving no mens rea to jury in drug mule case

By John L. Hill (August 23, 2022, 8:38 AM EDT) -- Natalia Safronii was a mule. Her story is much the same as many other young women who have been wittingly or unwittingly lured into participation in drug importation. She had become romantically involved with Ali Anapour. This man treated her well. She had visited his relatives in Turkey three times during their one-year involvement, all expenses paid. On a fourth scheduled trip, Anapour on short notice decided he couldn’t make it. Instead Safronii and her daughter were invited to use the plane tickets and Turkish accommodations Anapour had paid for....
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