Cocaine Addiction Information
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cocaineThe risk-reward ratio of drug smuggling makes it a complicated career choice. Not only does a smuggler risk heavy jail time, drug mules risk their lives by swallowing dangerous substances that have the potential to kill them.

Cocaine being a staple along narcotic superhighways, it is no wonder that drug traffickers find all manner of creative ways to smuggle the drug past the watchful eye of the Transportation Security Administration. Here are the most common ways that users smuggle cocaine.


From candies to frozen foods, authorities have found cocaine tucked away inside a wide variety of cuisine. It is common to smuggle the drug inside boxes of produce, as was the case in Russia last year when several hundred pounds of cocaine were discovered inside a shipment of bananas coming from Ecuador. One traveler was recently found attempting to smuggle a bag of cocaine inside a frozen burrito. And just last week, Customs seized several pounds of cocaine from a Honduran woman attempting to smuggle the drug into the country through caramelized sugar cane sweets. The drugs she carried had a street value of more than $80,000.

On Their Person

This form of smuggling is truly bizarre. Authorities are finding drugs hidden in wigs, in prosthetic limbs, taped under clothes, and in any cavity they can think of, including the anus. A woman from Panama was found to have stashed cocaine in her breast implants. Authorities noticed fresh scars, blood-stained gauze on her chest and pale patches under her skin and sent her to the nearest hospital, where the implants were removed and found to contain cocaine.

Among Their Belongings

Authorities have found cocaine stashed in wheelchairs, bibles, children’s books, tampon boxes, and even inside the shell of an X-Box. In 2012, an Idaho mechanic stumbled upon a pound of cocaine hidden under the hood of an 82-year-old woman’s car.

In the Stomach

This method of smuggling drugs is the most common and well-known way to pass by undetected. Recently an unexpected carrier suffered terrifying consequences when a cocaine balloon burst in his stomach. The mule this time was a commercial airline pilot who happened to be a passenger at the time. After swallowing 62 small rubber bags of cocaine, the pilot flew from Colombia to Dallas. Just as the plan was landing, one of the bags burst in his stomach, prompting him to call Emergency Medical Services immediately. The pilot is charged with felony possession of drugs with intent to deliver. It is likely that the pilot was using his privileges to bypass the routine security check at the airport.

Creativeor UnusualVehicles

Authorities say that traffickers are getting much more aggressive in their smuggling tactics. The boats used to carry cocaine are less and less detectable, traveling at night or being self-propelled semi-submersible vessels built in the jungles of Colombia. These vehicles can carry up to 11 tons of cocaine at a time.

Other smugglers have found ways to send drugs over the border with crossing in person. A popular tool of late has been self-made catapults used to propel the drugs across the border. When the drugs land, a contact on the other side does the pickup.

A more grisly vessel used to transport drugs is one belonging to the dead. Smugglers have been found to hide drugs inside caskets or in the stomachs of dead bodies being sent home for burial.

Clearly traffickers will go to any lengths to smuggle drugs.