Let’s clear this up right now: drugs are bad, smuggling is a crime, drug lords and their traffickers are black-hearted, vicious, malignant persons. But, you have to admit, they’re pretty damn creative. And the means they’ve used to get their product to their customers through the years are nothing short of extraordinary.
Here are 14 barely believable methods that have gotten drugs from here to there. They may not be legal, but they sure are creative.
This improvised cannon was confiscated in Mexicali, Mexico, on February 26, 2013. Police in the border city say the cannon was used to hurl packets of marijuana across a border fence into California. The truck-mounted device is made of PVC piping attached to an air compressor and driven by an automobile engine. It could launch up to 13kg of drugs at a time.
A sailor walks past this homemade semi-submersible vessel, seized on land by Colombian authorities from drug traffickers at the Bahia Malaga Navy base, on Colombia’s Pacific coast in 2009.
This powerboat was carrying a large haul of marijuana when the Danish police busted the armed smugglers on January 7, 2013.
A woman was arrested by airport police carrying almost 1.4kg of cocaine in her breasts. You can see the drug implants — and the fresh surgical wound — in the image below.
Picture: La Policia Nacional
Suspected smugglers attempt to drive a silver Jeep Cherokee over the 4m high US-Mexico border fence in Yuma, Arizona, with the help of a makeshift ramp on October 31, 2012.
The entrance to an illegal cross-border tunnel found underneath a bathroom sink inside a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, July 12, 2012. The 200m tunnel, presumably designed to smuggle drugs into the United States, was lit and ventilated.
National Guard troops have seized a surprising number of weed-firing catapults over the years.
Picture: dossierpolitico.com/National Guard
This ultra-light aircraft was carrying 115kg of marijuana when it was captured in December 2008 in Tucson, Arizona. According to US government statistics, there were 228 known aircraft incursion along the US-Mexico border in 2010 alone.
What to do with that old Wiipad you haven’t touched in years? Stuff it with marijuana, of course.
Drug smugglers used T-shirt cannons to shoot canisters filled with marijuana 150m over the border.
A 19-year-old man pretending to be disabled was caught with at the US-Mexico border with this weed-stocked wheelchair in 2011.
This helicopter was transporting 760kg of cocaine when it crashed in Totonicapan, 200km northwest of Guatemala City, in 2003.
This plane crashed police blockade after pilots had unloaded drugs into several cars, in San Esteban, 160km east of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (2003).
Top picture: Guillermo Arias/AP