Food Addict: Food Items Used to Smuggle Drugs

Coffee

For some, caffeine just isn’t enough.

In 2016, Customs officers at New York’s Kennedy International arrested a Jamaican citizen for possession of coffee. Well, not exactly. The woman, Sherese Lee Ann Drake, made the bold (pun definitely intended) attempt to smuggle cocaine using fresh Jamaican Java.

The authorities found three pounds of powder. For those keeping score at home, that’s an estimated street value of $50,000.

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Carrots

These guys get an A+ for creativity and, oh, about 25 years for getting busted.

U.S. Customs and Border Control intercepted a commercial shipment of carrots that seemed a little fishy. It didn’t take a genius to realize that these carrots were actually bags of marijuana wrapped in orange, carrot-colored tape. After it was all said and done, the officers walked away with over half a million dollars worth of pot.

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Rum

Talk about a party in a bottle. A gentleman traveling from Guyana landed at New York’s JFK Airport with a few bottles of rum. Sounds standard, right? Wrong. It turns out the bottles of El Dorado were actually filled with liquified cocaine. The 1.75 litre bottles actually contained $300,000 worth of coke.

The all-star custom guards noticed a strange odor coming from the bottle and that the liquid was thicker than rum ought to be. Close, but no cigar.

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