Locked Up Abroad is the American version of Banged Up Abroad. (Personally, I like the original name better. ) The episode that’s on right now depicts this situation:
A guy from Tennessee moves to Florida. He meets a girl who is crying, so he offers to let her stay in his trailer. He falls in love with her. She convinces him to go to South America (or Central America – I’ve not been paying close attention) to get some cocaine. The guy doesn’t want to, but goes along to ‘look out for her’ on the condition that he not carry any drugs. They get there, and they are separated; the excuse being that if she is caught the guy will not be arrested as well. The guy is about to call her one morning, when there is a knock at the door. The Angry Drug Dealer says that the girl was supposed to go into the airport, buy a ticket, and come out. She never came out. So now Tennessee Guy has to carry the drugs. TNG tells ADD it’s not his problem. ADD has a gun and insists it is TNG’s problem.
The show’s half-over, so I don’t know exactly what happens next; but usually the mule gets to the airport, gets nervous, and then gets arrested. The rest of the show shows what happens after the arrest. Goes down pretty much the same most of the time.
So here’s the question: Why don’t these people just approach Security and tell them they’ve been forced to carry drugs? In TNG’s case, he really was coerced at gunpoint. Wouldn’t it be better to turn yourself in (after experiencing ill-treatment from the drug dealers) and tell them you were coerced? How can they think they’ll get away with it?