There have been some pretty creative attempts to smuggle drugs over the years. But this is in a league of its own. Customs officials in Shanghai arrested a woman carrying suitcases literally MADE OF cocaine:
Airport authorities X-rayed the luggage of a woman flying from an unnamed South American country.
The scan showed her luggage was darker in colour than normal, and also that it was unusually heavy even when it was empty.
Testing revealed the luggage was made of more than 10kg (22lb) of cocaine.
The incident took place in February but has only now been reported by the police.
Drug traffickers have long been dreaming up ways to transport cocaine – making an entire leg cast out of the drug, or dissolving it into wine, as one Chinese couple was caught doing just last month.
Gives new meaning to the term “hiding in plain sight.”
When the woman was asked to empty her luggage, there was nothing suspicious at first glance – merely an empty suitcase.
What tipped the officers off though was that it was significantly heavier than any empty luggage ought to be.
Maybe they were also tipped off by the fact that she was traveling with an empty suitcase? How dumb is that? You go to all the trouble to build a suitcase out of cocaine and you don’t even bother to fill it with clothes or something to make it look semi-normal?
Chinese authorities are reliably unamused by drug trafficking. This woman is going to prison for a long time. Or worse.