If you absolutely have to sneak drugs into a country, history has shown that hollowing out food and shoving a bunch of narcotics inside is not always the most effective method. Still, whether it's disguising cocaine in a can of Pringles, or meth in a burrito, or heroine in containers of honey, criminals just can't give up this age-old ruse, even though dozens of smugglers continue to be been caught red handed each year.
Most recently, a shipment of dragon fruits were confiscated at Hong Kong International Airport after authorities discovered they were being used to smuggle over $2 million of liquefied cocaine into the city. According to the South China Morning Post, the shipment was on its way from Colombia, and customs agents inspected 2,000 individual pieces of fruit spread across 160 boxes in order to find the 98 that were hollowed out and filled with drugs.
“Part of the fruit layer was peeled off and pulp was removed before liquid cocaine was injected into the hollow center and the layer glued back on," a source told the South China Morning Post, adding that the method was “sophisticated” and “innovative." "From appearance, it was hard to distinguish the ones concealing illegal drugs. Officers had to inspect them one by one."
Each of the drug-filled fruits contained roughly 130 grams of cocaine, pushing the total weight of the contraband to 15 kilos—worth about $2 million on the streets of Hong Kong.
We're not sure which foodstuff drug smugglers will use next, but there's a pretty good chance they'll find something new. Perhaps they'll make fake carrots and stuff them with weed. Oh, wait, that's already been done.