How People and Drugs Are Smuggled
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How People and Drugs Are Smuggled
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This is a set of photos showing different ways of smuggling drugs across the US-Mexico border.

The more difficult for them it becomes to smuggle, the more ingenious methods they invent.

 

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Two people hidden in the engine compartment of a van.


How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Illegal immigrants found in compartments in the floor of a car.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

An illegal immigrant hidden behind the back seat of a passenger car.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

A man is discovered sewn into the upholstery of a van seat

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

A woman was discovered hidden in the side panel of a car

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

In June 2009, Border Patrol agents discovered 73 illegal immigrants crammed in the back of a tractor trailer

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Customs officers arrested a 36-year-old Mexican truck driver after finding more than half a ton of marijuana into the United States inside concrete furniture that he was transporting into the U.S.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

The man drove the truck into the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, hauling a load of concrete benches, tabletops, pillars and decorative blocks.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

After X-raying the load, officers broke apart the concrete goods.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

They found 140 packages of marijuana embedded in the concrete pieces, weighing a total of 1,335 pounds.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Marijuana found hidden inside oxygen tanks

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

The garden hose reels were in the back of a landscapers truck, along with gardening tools.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Marijuana was discovered hidden inside the reels.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

A woman was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border on Dec. 17, 2009, when federal officers staffing San Ysidro Port of Entry found a nine-pound stash of marijuana inside her daughter’s stroller.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

In June 2009, a 30-year-old Mexican man was arrested while trying to smuggle 24 pounds of marijuana ashore on a surfboard in Imperial Beach.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

A 16-year-old boy was caught trying to smuggle drugs across the border by taping packets to his body.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Drugs concealed in a lawn mower

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Drugs found hidden under the seat of a motorcycle

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Marijuana hidden inside a roll of plastic

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Border Patrol agents arrested two Los Angeles women in June 2009 after finding 166 pounds of marijuana hidden in their minivan.  Authorities estimated that the drugs had a street value of more than $100,000. The women were carrying two children in the Dodge Caravan

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Drugs found hidden in the shoes of a 24-year-old man trying to cross the border in February 2010

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Border agents arrested a 22-year old Chula Vista man after they found 112 pounds of marijuana hidden in a big screen TV in the cargo area of the vehicle he was driving.

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Packets of methamphetamine hidden under the chassis of a car

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Methamphetamine hidden in secret compartments under a vehicle

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Drugs concealed in a body panel of a Mercedes Benz

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Heroin hidden in the differential of a vehicle

How People and Drugs Are Smuggled

Heroin hidden in the differential of a vehicleSource