Seven Weird Ways People Have Tried Smuggling Cannabis

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op

WTFWorld NewsNewsLegalization Seven weird ways people have tried smuggling weed From pot compressed inside album covers to bricks of weed concealed under a fake baby bump, here are some unsuccessful, but still inventive, attempts to bootleg bud. Author of the article:Angela Stelmakowich CBP officers conducting operations at the DHL express consignment facility discovered more $20,000 of marijuana concealed in a religious decorative statue Nov. 14. / U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Smugglers have shown they will will go to great lengths to get what they want. A recently unearthed news story from the late-1970s about an RCMP bust involving Jamaican weed shipped to Canada after being pressed into pizza-shaped discs and stuffed into real album covers proves just that.

Posted last Friday by, much of the story, delivered reassuringly by then CBC senior anchor Knowlton Nash, shows its age. Just consider the first line of the short item as delivered by Nash, who served as what was then called senior anchor for The National from 1978 to 1988, before sharing those duties with Peter Mansbridge until 1992.

“The customs men [officers] at Mirabel’s Montreal airport [all commercial traffic has since moved to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport] were a little curious about a crate of long-playing albums [physical vinyl discs, not streaming services] imported from Jamaica.”

The story explains that the album covers for rock, classical and country music were genuine, but all together, they hid 350 pounds (almost 160 kilograms) of high-quality Jamaican cannabis formed into 1,200-plus discs.

RCMP officers managed to trace the contraband to a Montreal record store and ripped open the boxes to make the skunky discovery. “Police estimate the pot records would be worth a lot more than the real thing with a street value of $225,000 (translating to $661,365 today),” Nash noted.

At the time, two Canadians and two Jamaicans had been arrested, and warrants were out for the arrest of two more people from Jamaica.

The attempt was enough to impress some on a new Reddit thread. “That’s pretty ingenious. I expected to just see record sleeves with loose weed just stuffed inside, but they actually went to the trouble of pressing it and everything,” one poster noted.

Another commenter added that the news clip took him back to the early 1990s when he was in college and interned at a U.S.-based reggae record distributor. Tasked with picking up someone from Jamaica at the airport, he said he waited hours “while customs opened up and examined every single one of those several hundred records.” Afterwards, “he drove me to his woman’s place where we smoked up and had something to eat. It was an interesting day.”

While some of the language and valuations in the CBC piece are dated, the means of concealment was just as current and inventive as attempts today. What are some of the other ways that cannabis has been smuggled over the years?

Scooby-sized ruh-roh!

It would be nice to think people wouldn’t stoop to hiding weed in anything associated with their children, but, sadly, that would not be the case.

A 24-year-old man in the U.K. allegedly ripped open a Scooby-Doo doll and stuffed it with drugs, but the police found it anyway. Then there was the 22-year-old man in the U.S. who hid 31 grams of cannabis and US$5,769 inside his baby’s crib, as well as about 5.1 kilograms of weed in different bins and duffle bags in a closet.

Nintendo Wiis and Mr. Potato Head dolls have also served as carriers for different kinds of drugs, according to the Daily Mail.

Sometimes with pot and toys, though, smugglers don’t try very hard at all. In July of 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge warehouse found about three pounds (1.4 kilograms) of marijuana inside a commercial shipment manifested as “Kids Toys/Clothing.”

Opening the box for inspection, the officers found two clear wrapped bags containing what looked like weed. The contents were later field-tested and registered as positive for the properties of marijuana.

Art of the deal(er)

A 33-year-old inmate of the Rock County Jail in Wisconsin was charged with conspiracy to distribute synthetic cannabinoid after a scheme to use letters and drawings to smuggle inside synthetic weed fell short.

The charges follow an incident in which another inmate got caught with spice, blabbed to the authorities and a correctional officer then listened in on a call between Wayne Farley, 33, and his girlfriend. Spice was being smuggled in on papers, including letters and children’s drawings, sent through the mail to the jail.

The cooperating inmate was told in a note, which he handed over to investigators, to submit US$50 into Farley’s account for the drugs.

Bump stocks

Any glow that this woman sporting a baby bump had was likely the result of perspiration, not impending motherhood, when she was caught at the Argentina-Chile border with 15 bricks of weed. The cannabis had been pasted together and fashioned into a spherical object before it was loaded it into a prosthetic baby bump.

No one knows if the woman would have been caught had it not been for her bus-travelling companion getting nabbed with two bricks of cannabis inside his carry-on bag. Both were subsequently searched and arrested.

Holy moly

In November of 2014, CBP officers were carrying out operations at the DHL express consignment facility when they found more than US$20,000 ($25,600) of weed concealed inside a most peculiar carrier: a decorative statue of Jesus.

The Jesus figure appeared hallowed, but a positive sniff check from K-9 officer Freddy led officers to discover that the decorative piece, in fact, was hollowed out and stuffed with weed.

An X-ray scan confirmed anomalies in the plaster figurine originating from Mexico and destined for Puerto Rico, prompting officers to take a closer look. “This unique seizure demonstrates the extraordinary methods individuals will utilize in their attempt to smuggle narcotics,” a CBP official said in a statement.

Medical discovery

In 2019, members of the National Narcotics Agency in Jakarta prevented an attempt to smuggle into Indonesia 300 kilograms of marijuana concealed in medical waste.

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