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Cartels Are Trying Literally Everything To Smuggle Drugs Into The U.S.

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Mexican drug cartels have established themselves as some of the most successful criminal enterprises in the world. One reason for that? Creativity. Cartels have found some truly ingenious ways for sneaking drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. Not all attempts are successful. Here are some of the more spectacular failures of the narco trade.

1. Between a rock and a hard place.

In June, officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 577 packages of marijuana found in what seemed like ordinary red rocks used for landscaping. After officers at the Otay Mesa cargo port ordered the cargo truck to go through a X-ray examination — followed by a more extensive examination — more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana were found hidden inside the “rocks.”

2. Burrito bust.

It takes a lot to not eat a bag of burritos, but a CBP canine in Arizona smelled something that caught its attention in May. It wasn’t the carne asada smell wafting through the air. It turns out a 23-year-old Arizona woman tried smuggling a pound of meth inside the burritos.

3. Snuck Suck it in.

Spandex one-pieces might help hide our lonjitas under a tight dress, but it didn’t work wonders for this teen. U.S. Border Patrol agents found four packages of heroin weighing a combined 3.85 pounds inside the 16-year-old Southern Californian’s beige spandex suit, trying to smuggle the stash across a Highway 86 checkpoint in SoCal.

4. There’s something in the agua fresca.

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Hey! Agua de jamaica doesn’t have that smell. Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo crossing stopped a delivery truck from Mexico that listed natural hibiscus tea flowers as its shipment load. Once the shipment was offloaded and inspected by officers, they found more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana hidden inside the cartons of tea leaves. Busted! ? ? ?

5. The drugs weren’t the craziest part of this bust.

A female officer then had to remove the loaded firearm that had a full magazine of bullets in it. Craziest drug bust? Perhaps!


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A Tough On Drugs President Just Had 86 Pounds Of Cocaine Found In One Of His Presidential Airplanes

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A Tough On Drugs President Just Had 86 Pounds Of Cocaine Found In One Of His Presidential Airplanes

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Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, has been a very vocal and extreme anti-drug politician. So it was pretty shocking to hear that his presidential plane ended up carrying 86 pounds of cocaine across the Atlantic Ocean during an official trip. 

The cocaine was found aboard his plane while on a layover in Seville, Spain on its way to Japan for the G20 summit.

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A Brazilian airman on that aircraft was caught with the shipment on Tuesday during a brief stop in Spain en route to the Group of 20 summit in Japan.

The cocaine bust was bad enough. But it was an extraordinary embarrassment for Mr. Bolsonaro, who has exalted the integrity and professionalism of Brazil’s military.

The president called the incident “unacceptable” and said he had demanded, “severe punishment” for the service member. “We won’t tolerate this type of disrespect to our nation!” he said in a message posted on Twitter.

The drugs were found in the luggage of the service member.

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Authorities in Spain said they had intercepted the cocaine when the airman, Sgt. Manoel Silva Rodrigues, stopped in the city of Seville along with an advance team supporting Mr. Bolsonaro’s trip.

Mr. Bolsonaro traveled on a separate plane that made a stop in Lisbon en route to Osaka, where G-20 leaders are convening.

Sergeant Rodrigues walked off the plane carrying a garment bag and a carry-on suitcase, law enforcement officials in Spain told the newspaper El País. When airport screeners inspected the bag, they found 37 bundles of cocaine and nothing else in the bag, according to the report.

All of this was made all the more scandalous given the President’s harsh anti-drug rhetoric.

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Earlier this month, Bolsonaro enacted drug policy designed to toughen penalties for traffickers and require users to undergo rehabilitation at private or religious centers.

The new rules raise the minimum prison sentence for traffickers who lead criminal organizations from five to eight years. In addition, they reinforce the role of therapeutic communities.

Drug users in the country previously had to agree to hospital admission, but the law now allows involuntary rehabilitation upon the recommendation of a relative or public health official.

Reactions on Twitter ranged from the humorous…

I mean a tough on drugs president having to explain away drugs found on a presidential aircraft.

To, well, more humor.

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I mean stranger things have happened.

And many Brazilians reacted with anger at the news.

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Many feel that their government is full of hypocrisy when it comes to so many issues and this drug bust was just the latest in a string of corruption.

While many questioned whether or not the airman was actually working alone.

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If it’s true that the street value of the drugs was more than USD $2.75 million then maybe there was some kind of organized plan.

Pedro Pascal Is Going To Have An Awesome 2019 And These Are The Reasons Why

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Pedro Pascal Is Going To Have An Awesome 2019 And These Are The Reasons Why

Slowly but surely this Chilean actor has established himself as one of the go-to celebrities for directors who want some diversity and loads of talent in their cast. We got to know him when he got his eyes popped out in Game of Thrones and the Internet couldn’t get enough of the gruesome scene. He later became the absolute star of the first three seasons of Narcos, where he played a DEA agent with tons of heart and an old-fashioned, film noir look.

2019 will be HUGE, ENORME, MAYUSCULO for this gentleman, as he will appear in The Mandalorian, a spin-off series based on the Star Wars universe.

Here are 21 things that make Pedro awesome and will attract the spotlight in 2019.

1. He is now part of the mainstream in both sides of the Atlantic

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This is a promotional shot for his Cartier campaign. Being the face of luxury brands is one of the holy grails for actors. The high-end watchmaker liked his Latino looks and his manly disposition. We agree.

2. He is a Netflix commodity now

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He will appear in Triple Frontier, a Netflix movie about guerrillas in South America. Pedro is one of the most regular faces in originals from the streaming giant, which will guarantee work for years to come.

3. He epitomizes the cool Latino man

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He is not pretty like Leo DiCaprio, but more rugged like Humphrey Bogart. There are not many A-listers with those characteristics currently working in Hollywood, so the competition is thin!

4. He understands social media

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Few celebrities truly understand social media and what it can do to advance their careers. But Pascal does! Here, for example, he shares an intimate and goofy moment… and drops in a shout out to Happy Socks!

5. He can take a selfie even if a bit borrachito

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Here he is with his partner on a drunken night…. not that bad, but not that sober either! You are forgiven, Pedrito.

6. He is one of the OK guys…

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He defends those who have to fight for their basic rights. This will expand his fan base significantly, as he is a vocal advocate for causes such as LGBT rights.

7. He stays true to his calling… damn fine acting

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Many actors forget their roots and lose their passion once they start appearing in high profile movies and TV show. Not Pedro, who works in Broadway, mainly in adaptations of Shakespeare plays like King Lear.

8. Because perritos….

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He constantly uploads photos of him and his furry friends…. nothing better for keeping current. Que ternuritas…. 

9. He speaks out when he is fed up

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Contrary to many migrants who stop fighting for other migrants’ rights once they are in a comfortable situation, Pedro is not afraid to demand justice. The recent crisis concerning children in government detention centers proved this.

10. He is a cool AF tío

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Just look at him with his two sobrinos, chilling and being silly.

11. He partners with A-listers to demand political change

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Here he is with Mark Ruffalo, an A-lister who is a big supporter of Bernie Sanders and basically politics that oppose the current government. What a pair of superheroes!

12. He hates toxic masculinity…. PREACH

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Just read what this awesome image on his Insta account says. In the #metoo era, it is comforting to see that not all men are pendejos and that some of today’s boys will be taught right and learn to be respectful and speak for their actions.

13. Man, Prospect looks awesome

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Nothing like a good old-fashioned sci-fi movie to establish an actor’s career. Prospect showcased Pedro’s talent to work with special effects and complex plot lines, which will surely catch the eye of studio executives.

14. La familia es primero

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Pedro adores his parents and is not afraid to demonstrate it and share candid photos on social media. This always goes well with Hispanic audiences, who relate to celebrities who have strong family ties that fame and money cannot break. Here we see his dad’s birthday celebrations. Queremos pastel! 

15. Glossy magazines love him

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Pascal’s face is pretty much omnipresent by now. This is a pajama shooting for GQ. Is this anything that this heartthrob cannot pull off?

16. He understands the world because he is a migrant

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His family is left-leaning when it comes to politics, which wasn’t such a good idea in Pinochet’s Chile. He grew up in Texas after having fled to Denmark as a child. Today’s world is global and he gets it, which translates into success in different markets.

17. He is a go-to talent for arthouse filmmakers

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Following the success of Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins directed If Beale Street Could Talk, about the writer James Baldwin. Pascal plays Pietro Alvarez, a secondary but essential role in this story of literary beauty and self-discovery. There will be Oscar buzz for this film and Pedro will surely grace the red carpet during award season.

18. People will keep watching Narcos to understand the cartel wars

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Narcos is one of the most popular Netflix franchises, and as the narrative of the show moves to Mexico, audiences will want to revisit the Colombian seasons to understand and connect the dots. There to meet them will be Pedro Pascal’s bigote and tough antics. In a rewatch we can really understand how crucial Pascal’s character, Javier, is for the moral definition of the show, as he knows that sometimes the law has to be bent in the pursuit of justice.

19. He will re-team with Wagner Moura and act alongside Gael and Penelope Cruz!

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His Narcos counterpart and he will appear in Wasp Network, a movie about Cuban political prisoners. Gael Garcia Bernal and Penelope Cruz will also be part of this amazing cast! This is basically the creme de la creme of Hispanic talent, so it is great to see Pedro Pascal breaking bread with more established Latinos who have changed the face of the industry.

20. He was a role in the super secret Wonder Woman 1984

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Director Patty Jenkins shared an enigmatic image in which Pascal appears in a Trump-like suit…. we can only guess that he will be the villain in the much-awaited follow-up to the first Wonder Woman film.

21. He will star in The Mandalorian, a Star Wars spin-off TV show!

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We saved the best for last. Pedrito will star in The Mandalorian, the much awaited Star Wars universe TV show that is expected to spearhead Disney’s very ambitious expansion into the streaming market. The confines of the universe are now the limit for this amazing Chilean.

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