Jail drugs hidden in colouring book
Published 15/04/2011 | 09:07
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.