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Erik Audé

American actor Erik Audé was convinced by Razmik Minasian, an Armenian gym buddy to ferry leather samples from Islamabad, Pakistan to the U.S. The suitcase carrying the samples also held over seven pounds of opium, which Audé claims he was unaware of. Audé served a seven-year-sentence in Rawalpindi, and his release was secured in part by an appeal from New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who believed Aude was innocent. Minasian later admitted to stuffing the opium into the suitcase's lining. [BBC, TIME]

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