For a few months there, the trend seemed to be dying down. But now, following a rash of new busts near the U.S.-Mexico border, it's become apparent that criminals will never stop trying to smuggle mass amount of narcotics into this country using various foodstuffs.
On Friday, Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales, Arizona seized roughly three pounds of methamphetamine from a 63-year-old man who had tried to stash the contraband in packages of tortilla shells. The stacks of tortillas had been hollowed out to fit the drugs inside, and authorities used narcotics detection canines to sniff out the illegal goods.
As Business Insider notes, another, larger meth bust went down the next day, when agents discovered 26 pounds of meth worth $78,000 stashed in an SUV owned by a U.S. citizen in Mexico. But even more shocking was the $1.7 million of meth found in a shipment of carrots in Pharr, Texas last week.
Over the years, smugglers have tried hiding nefarious items in everything from frozen fish, to coconuts, to burritos, to shipments of Coca-Cola. The simple fact that we continue to read about their arrests in the news is pretty solid evidence that the method isn't working.
[via Business Insider]