Friday, 26 May 2017

Bizarre smuggling attempts that went wrong, in pictures

A fruit wholesaler working for Colombian drug cartels stored more than 100kg of high grade cocaine worth £24 million in these rather green fake bananas in his warehouse, a Southwark Crown Court has heard

Customs officers on King Fahad Causeway arrested a man for trying to smuggle liquor under his traditional garment from Bahrain into Saudi Arabia. They frisked him and confiscated 14 bottles of whisky which were taped to his legs and waist.

These pictures issued by the National Crime Agency (NCA) show some of the £1 million stash of cocaine which a 53 year old woman, from Ayr, attempted to smuggle into the UK hidden in toiletries. She has been jailed for seven years at the High Court in Glasgow. The woman was arrested at Glasgow Airport after arriving on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Amsterdam.

Vanilla wafers filled with cocaine in Houston. A Guatemalan citizen arrived at George Bush Intercontinental Airport from Guatemala City with packages of vanilla wafers. But when customs officials opened them up, they said they found they were filled with cocaine instead of cream filling...
A packet of cocaine hidden in a bag of ground coffee in Miami. Three bags of roasted, ground coffee arriving at Miami International Airport in a package from Guatemala in October were actually filled with more than 3 pounds of heroin, customs officials said. Customs officials said they noticed anomalies during an X-ray and felt that the weight of the three bags was different from that of others in the shipment.

Rum bottles filled with liquid cocaine in New York. A man arriving from Guyana at Kennedy International Airport in New York was found to be carrying the bottles that customs officials said were filled with 18 pounds worth of liquid cocaine. The drugs had a street value of $310,000. (£203,000)

A woman was arrested for attempting to smuggle crystal meth in Ferrero Rocher wrappers. The 46-year woman was arrested at Sydney Airport, Australia, after Australian Border Force officers discovered 500 grams of the drug. She will appear at Darwin Magistrates Court facing charges of supplying methamphetamine in commercial quantity, possessing methamphetamine in commercial quantity and possessing a thing to administer a dangerous drug.

Spanish police seized 200 kilos of cocaine found inside hollowed-out pineapples that arrived by ship from Central America, the interior ministry said. The drug-stuffed fruit was found among 10 shipping containers filled with pineapples that arrived in the southern port of Algeciras, one of Europe's largest ports, the ministry said in a statement.

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