10 Most Creative Smuggling Attempts at the U.S./Mexico Border

Marijuana, disguised as a fiesta.
Marijuana, disguised as a fiesta.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

If you had to pick one word to describe the smugglers who try to sneak drugs and other items over the U.S./Mexico border every day, that word is "creative."

Smugglers take drastic measures to get their product into the United States, while trying to avoid detection by officers at the border. Check out our list of the 10 most creative, but failed, attempts to smuggle something over the border we've seen in recent years:

10.) Methy Cans of Corn

Fourteen-year-old kid with a bag of groceries? Think again, rookie -- this kid had six pounds of meth, plus a little coke, sealed inside of cans of corn. A lot of people try to stash drugs in produce, but that usually happens in the big 18-wheelers, not a kid with a sack of canned corn.

9.) Buckets of Chicken: Half Original Recipe, Half Meth

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Two women on a bus crossing the border appeared to be extremely hungry -- they each had their own bucket of fried chicken. When authorities checked out the bus, they noticed that underneath the layer of greasy fried chicken was three pounds of meth in each bucket.

8.) McDonald's Delivers?

If it seems a little weird that a guy in a McDonald's uniform would be carrying a McDonald's drink and bag through a port of entry, you would be correct. The 22-year old, now-former McD's employee said he just had fries in his bag, but it turned out that he was trying to smuggle $50,000 cash into Mexico.

7.) Cocaine in the Gym Bag

People usually go to great lengths to hide drugs in their car, usually fabricating a false compartment in an attempt to avoid detection. Not this guy. He just put 13 pounds of coke in his gym bag, and tossed it in the backseat. Now that we think about it, we're not sure if this guy is creative, or just dim-witted.



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