Every person is born with his or her own unique set of skills. Some people are meant to be artists, some people are meant to be athletes, and then some people have more illicit talents. For Wilmar Valencia—an alleged Colombian drug trafficker, and leader of Los Triana Pena crime organization—his true calling in life happened to be hiding massive quantities of narcotics in food, and shipping the packages to countries throughout South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. According to Agence France-Presse, Valencia became so skilled at this rouse over the years that he became known as "The Specialist," concealing cocaine and heroin in containers of rice and honey.
But just how all great ballplayers eventually pass their prime, eventually all good things must come to an end. Valencia, once the Michael Jordan of packaging blow in bags of grain, was arrested this week by authorities at an airport in Santiago de Cali.
According to the Agence France-Presse, Valencia's downfall began when one of his shipments was intercepted by Argentinean authorities last September. The drugs were hidden in packages of rice intended to feed the poor, and the bust lead to the arrest of 12 members of the Specialist's crew. From there, it was only a matter of time before Valencia's run came to an abrupt halt, too. Following the incident, Interpol put out a "red notice" on the trafficker—the highest-level for international arrest warrants and extradition requests.
While Valencia might have been the GOAT when it came to smuggling drugs in foodstuff, he's far from the only criminal to adopt the method. Earlier this year, 20 kilos of cocaine were found in a shipment of frozen fish in New York, and in May, $3,000 worth of meth was discovered in Arizona.
[via Agence France-Presse]