I don’t know who thinks up of these things, but it’s amazing the level of human ingenuity when it comes to transporting drugs across the border and through the United States.
Aside from the usual human “mules” who strap drugs to their body parts, I’ve read about drugs being transported in frozen sharks, stuffed into Elmo dolls, and even inside (live) puppies. I once talked to someone connected to the drug trade, when I was a reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune, who had heard of a scheme to fill fruit juice cartons with drugs.
The Los Angeles Times recently reported on another interesting mode of transporting drugs: Stuffing marijuana inside bike wheels. According to this February blog post, an 18-year-old man (a U.S. citizen) was crossing the pedestrian checkpoint in San Ysidro – with his bike – when a customer decided to squeeze the bike wheels. It became clear that there wasn’t just air inside.
But that’s really kind of old school when you consider the engineering efforts involved in bringing larger quantities of drugs across land and sea. Four years ago, a submarine stuffed with cocaine was found off the coast of Costa Rica. And before I forget, an under-construction drug tunnel was discovered in February along the Otay Mesa (San Diego) border crossing area. You can read more about that in this SDUT article.