Smugglers come up with to all sorts of crazy approaches to get drugs into the country. Here, thanks to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service and its list of the year’s top seizures, is a list of the most ridiculous failed drug smuggling attempts. Believe it or not, none of the below were ones that fooled Customs, for obvious reasons.
- Weed Watermelons
In May, a truckload of melons pulled up to the port of entry at Nogales, Arizona, but after a Customs and Border Protection Service drug K-9 took a second sniff, officers decided it would be best to take a closer look. What did they find exactly? 1,455 pounds of marijuana worth $728,000 hidden inside watermelon-shaped bales.
- Cocaine Subs
When law enforcement, including CBP Office of Air and Marine agents, stopped a homemade semi-submersible vessel in the eastern Pacific in July, they were surprised to find more than eight tons of cocaine packed inside! The amount of cocaine found had an estimated street value of hundreds of millions of dollars. These are not true submarines but their super low profile can make detection more challenging.
A drug bust in March at a checkpoint on I-5 near San Clemente, Calif., CBP agents found 69 packages containing methamphetamine hidden in the rear quarter panels of the car. That weighed out to 82.36 pounds of meth, valued at $823,600, or $1,000 a pound. If anything they should have issued a speeding ticket. Coincidently, hours earlier, agents at the same checkpoint gnabbed 17 pounds of China white heroin and another 22 pounds of meth.
- Cable Spools Packed With Weed
In April, a Mexican semi truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with six spools of wound cable pulled up at the Bridge of the Americas commercial cargo lot in El Paso. But of course, as most of you guessed, the spools didn’t really contain cable. They actually housed 1,365 pounds of marijuana so discretely hidden it took CBP agents more than 12 hours to remove the drugs from the specially constructed hidden compartments. CBP put the value of the weed at more than a million dollars.
- Meth Shoes
In July, CBP agents took notice of a man walking up to the Paso Del Norte port of entry with a certain spring in his step. It wasn’t because of his new pair of Dr. Scholl’s; he had 2.4 pounds of meth in his shoes.
- Cocaine Fried Fish
A passenger from Jamaica tried fishing his way through the Miami International Airport in June carrying fried fish in his baggage. When the fried fish went through X-ray, officers noticed some irregularities, and after inspecting further, realized that some of the fish had their bellies sewn together and appeared fatter than others. They found two pounds of cocaine inside.