In the dark underworld of drug trafficking, the term fish scale refers to the purest, most unadulterated form of cocaine—the flaky, glistening sheen the drug takes on before its cut. The slang has been around for years, but a drug bust in Brooklyn earlier this month gave it a new, more literal meaning.

Two drug smugglers were arrested last week after federal agents discovered 20 kilos of cocaine in a shipment of large, frozen fish from South America, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

The smugglers, Triston Daniels and Troy Gonsalves, were apprehended in Brooklyn after authorities from U.S. Customs searched the shipment at the Miami International Airport earlier this month. The air cargo was making its way to New York City from Suriname, but when authorities cut into the fish, they quickly discovered roughly $600,000 worth of narcotics. The fish were then switched and sent to a storage facility in Queens in an attempt to trap the culprits. Daniels and Gonsalves were ultimately arrested after they loaded the cargo into a white van and drove the fish to a storage facility in Brooklyn.

The duo was arraigned at Brooklyn Federal Court on Saturday, and later released on $150,000 bail. According to the Daily News, the identity of the importer of the fish has not been disclosed; however, the suspect was connected with a different cocaine bust back in February.  

While attempting to smuggle over half-a-million dollars of cocaine in a bunch of dead fish is impressive in an odd way, the two brothers who were arrested for selling heroin in a Burger King ball pit earlier this month may still take the prize for biggest drug-trafficking fail.

[via New York Daily News]