Friday 26 May 2017

Jail drugs hidden in colouring book

A US jail inmate was sent a child's colouring book whose drawings were made from a paste containing drugs
A US jail inmate was sent a child's colouring book whose drawings were made from a paste containing drugs

Officials at a New Jersey jail were surprised recently when an inmate was sent a child's colouring book whose drawings were made from a paste containing drugs.

The discovery stunned even veteran law enforcement officials used to seeing all kinds of contraband smuggled into prisons.

US Customs officials say drug-smuggling techniques range from old-school tricks such as packing bricks of cocaine into false-bottom suitcases to sophisticated methods of disguising drugs as freeze-dried coffee or black-eyed peas.

Experts say even as surveillance equipment, airport scanning technology and cargo X-rays modernise, drug-smuggling techniques are keeping pace.

Traffickers also use a variety of ways to transport drugs, such as putting them in miniature submarines or using an old-fashioned catapult to hurl them over the US-Mexico border.

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