Smugglers With Creative Minds
Oftentimes, criminals are thought of as stupid or unintelligent; in this article, we come across come very creative and almost ingenious ways that smugglers have come up with to smuggle goods into other countries. I believe that coming up with plans such as this is a science in itself- organizing details and making plans is undoubtedly a part of the scientific method that is being used to achieve a goal (albeit, an illegal one.) This post is somewhat of a photo post showing some of the creative and entertaining ways that goods are used to move across the country.
This photo shows money concealed in German pastries, being shipped out of Berlin.
These tiny endangered Egyptian turtles were found packed inside water bottles in a smugglers suitcase after he went through airport security in Naples. They were alive and were sent to Rome’s main zoo for further care.
These Australian native geckos were concealed in a hollowed-out book, complete with a small habitat to keep them alive until their arrival in the United States. Customs investigators responded and took possession of the package. Inside they found a hollowed-out book containing two adult and two baby southern leaf tail geckos.
In Germany, soccer balls are often used to smuggle strong cigarettes and packs of Ecstasy and marijuana out of the country. They are a popular way to transport a lot of material inconspicuously.
This woman was smuggling 51 live tropical fish in her skirt aboard an airplane from Australia. Customs began to be suspicious after hearing “strange flipping noises coming from the vicinity of her waist.”
This wooden door being exported from Mexico was found to contain around twenty pounds of cocaine in concealed in the woodwork. The smuggler was going to suck out the cocaine from the woodwork with a vacuum once it arrived in the United States.
These exotic frogs were found in film canisters after they were trying to be smuggled from Panama. They were discovered at the Brussles national airport- more than 500 amphibian creatures were smuggled into the country by two Belgian citizens to sell on the black market at about 170 American dollars each.
I find it very entertaining to read articles like this, because it gives a bit of insight into the human mind and some of the creative and oftentimes outlandish ways people come up with to try and smuggle goods across borders. Some of these are things I never would have even thought of. It makes me wonder just how much material is being brought across in things like hollowed books, film canisters, and suitcases that we have no idea about. Because remember: these are just some of the ways we’ve caught- there are hundreds more out there that haven’t been seized and discovered yet.