Drug smugglers were foiled by a dog which sniffed out 44 [20kg] pounds of cocaine hidden inside pockets of breakfast cereal.
A narcotics detection dog named Bico sniffed out the class-A drug frosted onto cornflakes on February 13 at Cincinnati Airport in Ohio, the US.
It was being shipped from Peru to a private address in Hong Kong.
When customs officers opened the box to take a closer look, they saw the cereal contained white powder, and the flakes were coated with a greyish residue.
The flakes and powder later tested positive for cocaine. Officers said the shipment could have a street value somewhere in the region of $2,822,400 [over £2,000,000].
In 2020, US Customs and Border Protection officers seized an average of around 3,677 pounds [1,667kg] of drugs every day.
Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said: ”The men and women at the Port of Cincinnati are committed to stopping the flow of dangerous drugs, and they continue to use their training, intuition, and strategic skills to prevent these kinds of illegitimate shipments from reaching the public.”
Drug traffickers are constantly coming up with new and ever-sneakier ways to get their wares through customs.
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In one recent example, Italian police opened a parcel to find 130 grammes of cocaine packed inside hundreds of individually hollowed-out coffee beans.
Suspicions in that case were raised when an alert customs officer noticed that the package was addressed to a fictional character – mob boss Santino D’Antonio from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.
Anthony Bucci, a spokesperson for US Customs and Border Protection for New York and New Jersey, said that he has seen a bizarre range of tricks used by drugs smugglers in his four and a half years with the agency.
“Some of the more interesting concealment methods include narcotics concealed in prosthetic limbs, wheels on luggage made of heroin and cocaine and heroin secreted into book covers,' he said.
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“One person we caught at JFK had inserted narcotics anally, vaginally and swallowed pellets”.
“We even intercepted a dog years ago that had narcotics sewn under his skin,” he added.
Earlier this month, Royal Marines stormed a 2.6-tonne drug haul with a street value of more than £11million.
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During the ten-hour operation, British commandos seized a suspect ship that was based in the Arabian Sea.
The vessel was found to be carrying heroin, hashish and crystal methamphetamine.
Much of the money earned from the drugs cache is believed to have links to terrorism across the Middle East and the rest of Asia, The Daily Mirror reports.
Troops on board the Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose were on a counter-narcotics patrol when crew spotted the drug-smuggling ship.
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