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Car-pool user endures 'cocaine nightmare’

Blablacar promotion in Paris, May 2014.
Blablacar promotion in Paris, May 2014. Image by David McSpadden / CC BY 2.0

Police in Austria have launched a manhunt after a 30-year-old man allegedly forced an Australian woman, who had booked a trip through popular car-sharing website BlaBlaCar, to act as his drug courier. The 20-year-old woman had arranged to travel with the man from Hagen in Germany to Vienna in Austria, but instead he allegedly forced her to endure a trip across Germany to deliver packages of cocaine. Police were alerted when the woman failed to contact her friend as they’d arranged. BlaBlaCar have said that the man has now been removed from their website. Read more: thelocal.de