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


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!

READ: The Son Of A Texas Sheriff Was Caught Smuggling 14 Undocumented Immigrants

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