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article imageOp-Ed: Not your average bake sale — Sweet desserts used to smuggle drugs

By Malysa Stratton Louk     Jun 21, 2014 in Odd News
Drug smugglers use cookies, chocolates and other tasty treats to hide and transport narcotics. Are smugglers becoming more creative or more desperate?
Drug smuggling is not a new concept; neither is hiding narcotics in odd places to sneak the drugs past customs and other officials in the hopes of not getting caught. It isn't uncommon for drugs to be found under the car seat, behind the toilet tank, tucked away amongst the stuffing of a pillow or doll, slipped between the pages of a book and in a suitcase or mail package.
Hiding or trying to smuggle drugs using these common and easy-to-detect locations no longer works and smugglers are finding more creative ways to hide their narcotics. Dealers masking various drugs as candy pieces is as common and as well known as baking marijuana into brownies.
Recently, smugglers have been tapping in to their domestic side and trying out their newly-learned culinary skills — particularly by experimenting with adding their secret ingredients to baked goods and other tasty treats.
Candy, Cookies and Cakes
Mauricio Isidro Rivera Hernandez was arrested in a New Jersey airport where he had taken a flight from Guatemala. Upon examining the checked-in luggage, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol discovered the man had packed $50,000 worth of freshly-baked cookies into his bags. That may sound like a lot of cookies, but the high street value comes from the 188 cocaine pellets baked inside.
Photo Courtesy King County Sheriff's Office
Police arrested Jesus Rodriguez Horta from King County for his elaborate scheme to smuggle drugs into Alaska. Horta used the famous Ferrero Rocher candies to smuggle heroin by replacing the hazelnuts with black tar heroine before wrapping them back up and shipping them to Alaska.
Unlike the drug-laced cakes  these cakes are perfectly edible.
Unlike the drug-laced cakes, these cakes are perfectly edible.
Photo Courtesy JDurham
Kris Millwood and Sherelle Burcke from the West Midlands were stopped by the Border Force at Gatwick Airport after officials found cakes worth £1 million amongst the couples luggage on a flight back from Jamaica. The culprit? You guessed it, these cakes contained cocaine.
Photo Courtesy Miami Dade Office of the State Attorney
British teen Ayesha Niles didn't bake her cakes and was caught at the Miami International Airport with 24 boxes of cake mix worth at least $650,000. What kind of cake mix? Not vanilla or chocolate. These cake mix boxes were stuffed with 30 pounds of cocaine. The 17-year-old was tried as an adult and spent her 18th birthday with Miami-Dade County officials.
Chocolate Easter eggs (not these ones) were used to hide drugs in the gear stick casing of Fattah Bu...
Chocolate Easter eggs (not these ones) were used to hide drugs in the gear stick casing of Fattah Butt's car.
Photo by Max Straeten
This poor guy seems to have a run of bad luck. Fattah Butt of Stockwood plead guilty to possession and intent to sell after police responded to a domestic violence call at his home. The woman alleged Butt took her phone and he claimed it was in his car. A search of the vehicle turned up chocolate Easter eggs hidden in the stick shift. Inside the chocolate eggs? Cocaine and heroin.
Photo Courtesy Comrade Foot
Kinder Surprise eggs are being thrown over the walls of Barlinnie Prison to waiting inmates. Kinder Eggs are illegal in the United States due to the potential choking hazard posed by the small plastic toys contained within the chocolate. Instead of finding a plastic fox dressed like a queen or raccoon playing a trumpet hiding in the capsule, inmates find their drugs hidden in the yellow capsule.
Photo Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Kinder Surprise eggs seem to be a big problem in the U.K. where toys are replaced with drugs, specifically heroine and crack cocaine. Mohammed Khan and Muhammed Islam were again arrested for possession and dealing, having a long history of stuffing Kinder Eggs with drugs.
Photo Courtesy Greater Manchester Police (GMP)
Elsewhere in Manchester, someone ate all the chocolate and left behind two Kinder Egg capsules filled with 20 crack cocaine rocks and 20 small bags of heroin.
Other Strange Places to Hide and Transport Drugs
While hiding narcotics in baked goods and sweet treats seems to be the latest trend being used by smugglers and dealers, some are still taking a more traditional approach. Two men found they can avoid body cavity searches by hiding their drugs in their belly fat.
Christopher Mitchel from Florida told police he was too big to fit the seat belt when police pulled over the car he was riding in. K-9 was brought to the scene and found marijuana and cocaine hidden in the rolls of stomach fat on the 450-pound man.
In North Carolina, 315-pound Randall Streeter hid 40 bags of heroine and some crack cocaine pills in his belly button, which police found after he was pulled over and police searched his vehicle.
Police have found drugs in other strange places as well such as inside frozen sharks, inside over-sized paintings of Jesus, in jalapeno cans, in Bible covers, under wigs and stuffed into roasted chickens.
Are drug dealers and smugglers getting more creative in finding places to stash their drugs in the hopes of not caught or are they just desperate to find a location no one would ever think to look? Maybe they should put some of those creative cooking skills to better use.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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