Being innovative and outrageously creative in drug smuggling schemes requires a lot of desperation and obviously a lot of brains. Conversely, evidently as creative as the list of such schemes is as below, they all still got caught. Nevertheless, they do deserve a cachet for coming up with such ingenious ideas. Continue reading for the list!
1. Cocaine Pringles
Chopping and slicing thinly sheets of cocaine to make it look just like Pringles and then putting them in a can of Pringles is definitely a pure desperate act of genius. In 2006, Austin, Texas, police found about 168 grams of cocaine inside a can of Pringles. The cocaine was ingeniously made to look like the actual Pringles crisps. Talk about creativity!
2. Cocaine Statue of Jesus Christ
We have all heard of religious statues being filled with drugs, but imagine a statue being made of plaster and drugs, and that to a statue of no ordinary bloke, but that of Jesus! In 2008, in Texas, the U.S. customs officials caught a woman at the border crossing in Laredo. She was carrying the 6.6 pound statue and trying to escape to Mexico. The creators of this specific statue were so creative with their craft, that they made the entire statue of the Christian Savior with illicit white powder, painted the statue and made it look extremely regal. They were actually hoping to sell it for $30, 000.
Constricted blood vessels, increased blood pressure, mental alertness and increased energy are just some of the cocaine effects that become apparent in the short term.
3. Leg Cast
In March, 2009, Spanish police arrested a man who had arrived at Barcelona airport from Chile after successfully formatting that the cast on his fractured leg was actually made of cocaine. The peculiar thing about this innovative way of smuggling drugs is that, the 66 year old Chilean man had a real fracture of two bones below the knee.However the police suspected that he or his accomplices may have actually fractured the leg intentionally, just so that the cocaine cast could be applied. The police seized 4.8 kilograms (10.5 lb) of cocaine from a leg cast.
4. Human Hair Extensions
In 2006, Namibian authorities caught a 21 year old Angolan national at the HoseaKutako International Airport, in connection with an alleged plan of smuggling drugs into the country. The extremely creative aspect of this case of drug smuggling is that the suspect was attempting to use cocaine lightly spread over some 76 packets of human hair extensions.
5. Stuffing of a Giant Squid with a Dash of Pepper
In 2004, Peruvian police seized nearly 1,540 pounds (700 Kilograms) of cocaine that was stuffed and hidden in a frozen giant squid, which was bound to go to Mexico and the United States. The much artistic fashion of smuggling drugs in this manner was not only filling a frozen giant squid with cocaine but further wrapping it up in pepper, so that in case they were caught, the sniffer dogs would be left off sneezing from the scene and diverts the officials. However, that did not happen and the police caught about seven suspects.
6. Condoms Wrapped with Drugs Stuffed into Snakes
In 1993, the Drug Enforcement Agents at Miami airport seized nearly 36 kilograms of cocaine wrapped in condoms and stuffed in Boa constrictors. The snakes had been imported from South America, and were still alive when they were found. There were over 312 snakes about 1.5 meters in length. The cocaine was actually found by mistake when one of the snakes appeared to have an abnormal bulge. The security officials X-rayed it to see what was inside and ultimately removed two condom wrapped pellets. No one was charged in relation to the case, as the officials were unable to find the people behind not only such a creative, baffling and a little perverted drug smuggling case.
7. Baby s Diaper filled with Drugs
In June, 2009, a 22 year old young mother was caught trying to smuggle amphetamines into a Rheinbach prison, by filling up her daughter’s diaper with the drugs. The police arrested the young woman and her 41 year old husband. The police found 15 grams of amphetamines and 46 pills in their 17month old daughter’s diaper. Upon further investigation, the police recovered 12 grams of amphetamines hidden in her clothing as well. Sure it was creative to smuggle drugs in a diaper, but into a federal prison? How absurd could one get?
8. Hiding Drugs In Garden Gnomes
Seriously who would even think of looking for drugs in garden gnomes, but hats off for the granny who hid coke in her garden gnomes? Yes! The 52 year old woman was caught with in excess of nearly three kilograms of Charlie at the Auckland Airport in 2004. The drug known to be the Peruvian Red Bull was secretly hidden inside four garden gnomes in a suitcase. Linda Martin, the accused, blamed that she had been hoodwinked by a Nigerian drug gang. After her trial, Justice John Priestly established that Martin was immature, but as she knew that she was dealing with drug trafficker, and also considering her cooperation with the customs and the police, her health problems and her obvious lack of previous convictions, he granted her imprisonment for eight and a half years.
9. Drug Bugs
In 2007, custom officials in Amsterdam found 100 dead beetles that had been stuffed with cocaine, while inspecting a package from Peru. The bugs contained a total of 300 grams of cocaine. The estimated street value of the drugs from bugs was about 8,000 Euros ($ 11,270). A government spokesperson said that they had never seen anything like that previously. Well obviously, they had not, there seems to be no end to such creative endeavors.
10. Intoxicating Holy Water
In 2008, a 50 year old man was arrested near the Niagara Falls after trying to illegally enter the United States from Canada. He claimed that he had bought a few religious items. While the man was being questioned by the US Custom officers and the Border Protection officials, a Customs dog sniffed out the drug that the man was carrying. Once laboratory tests came out, it was confirmed that the man was not carrying any religious items, namely Holy Water but they were bottles filled with Ketamine, which is an extremely powerful hallucinogenic used mostly as a date rape drug.