Sometimes you just have to laugh at the surprising and creative ways people attempt to smuggle illegal substances
Smugglers have undoubtedly become increasingly creative in how they conceal illegal drug contraband in order to bypass authorities. If you scour the internet, you will find stories of drugs being concealed in equipment, clothing, dead animals, and various household items. This week we look at the three biggest smuggling fails:
Caught in the cross-hairs, suspicious toupee and demeanor lead to cocaine bust
As reported by the Daily Mail, crime doesn’t ‘toupee’ when a Colombian smuggler was caught with half a kilo of cocaine hidden under his hairpiece. The sheer volume of cocaine elevated his toupee to a ‘suspicious’ height, causing police to investigate further, leading to the discovery in a Barcelona airport.
Big bounty on the high-seas, cannabis and cocaine hidden in a homemade submarine
A dramatic video of smuggling takedown on the high seas surfaced this week, showcasing the US Coast Guard taking down a homemade submarine carrying thousands of pounds of illegal drugs. The Coast Guard reports that the cocaine and cannabis intercepted on the water have an estimated street value of US$569 million and was seized during the operations in the past two months.
Forget a hollow leg, smugglers use hollowed out arm to hide cocaine
Australian border officials seized over 384 kilos of cocaine in an old piece of construction equipment during a routine X-Ray scan at a border crossing. The cocaine was hidden in the hydraulic arm of a second-hand excavator, Ray Johnson, chief police officer for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Police told Global News. Two men in their early 30’s were arrested and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and attempting to possess a border-controlled drug.
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Written by Ashley Keenan