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Five novel ways to smuggle cocaine

Editorial Staff

Yes, the bags strapped to the body and various containers stuffed or swallowed, to say nothing of cavities in vehicles are even boxes of flowers remain common methods of smuggling. But there are some others that are a bit too bizarre to be true - except that they are.

That's not a pallet, it's our coke shipment

In 2015, "Spanish police seize 40 pallets made out of 1.4 tonnes of compressed cocaine that was made to look like wood " And that wasn't all: the "pallets" were loaded with "charcoal" some of which was real, intended to absorb the cocaine smell so drugs dogs couldn't identify it, but some of the charcoal was even more cocaine.



Cocaine hidden in a false leg

In 2013, "A one-legged drugs trafficker was caught by customs officials in Spain, who found more than a kilo of cocaine stashed in his false limb." Customs acted "on a hunch."



US Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Juan Carlos Galan Luperon at JFK airport in New York in March this year after they noticed he was “busting out of his pants.” Then two weeks later, someone else tried the same trick: huge bundles of cocaine taped to his legs, raising the obvious questions of how they were able to walk, much less sit on a plane.



Potty training

A drug smuggling route from Kuching in Malaysia to Pontianak in Indonesia has been identified as people drive across the border claiming they are going for medical treatment. It's a seriously gruelling trip: we know, one of our team did it, in a bus, recently, for fun. It wasn't fun. But in addition, Customs have found drugs hidden in the toilet compartment of buses. Our chap giggled: "on the bus I was on, the toilet had a seat number," he said. But the cross-border trade in Methamphetamine is not funny. Aside from the death penalties at either end of the journey, the identification of Kuching as a production or transit centre for drugs is worrying.

But smugglers in Indonesia, often, do not make it to court: as this article shows, not a lot of resistance ends up with the suspected smuggler being shot dead at the scene.



The case of cocaine

No, really, it's suitcase moulded from cocaine. Discovered several weeks ago at Shanghai airport in China, where, like several countries in Asia Pacific, the penalty for smuggling hard drugs is death, the case looks and feels like an ordinary clamshell case. But while scans showed it to be empty, it weighed too much.