How People and Drugs Are Smuggled
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.
Two people hidden in the engine compartment of a van.
Illegal immigrants found in compartments in the floor of a car.
An illegal immigrant hidden behind the back seat of a passenger car.
A man is discovered sewn into the upholstery of a van seat
A woman was discovered hidden in the side panel of a car
In June 2009, Border Patrol agents discovered 73 illegal immigrants crammed in the back of a tractor trailer
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.
The man drove the truck into the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, hauling a load of concrete benches, tabletops, pillars and decorative blocks.
After X-raying the load, officers broke apart the concrete goods.
They found 140 packages of marijuana embedded in the concrete pieces, weighing a total of 1,335 pounds.
Marijuana found hidden inside oxygen tanks
The garden hose reels were in the back of a landscapers truck, along with gardening tools.
Marijuana was discovered hidden inside the reels.
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.
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.
A 16-year-old boy was caught trying to smuggle drugs across the border by taping packets to his body.
Drugs concealed in a lawn mower
Drugs found hidden under the seat of a motorcycle
Marijuana hidden inside a roll of plastic
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
Drugs found hidden in the shoes of a 24-year-old man trying to cross the border in February 2010
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.
Packets of methamphetamine hidden under the chassis of a car
Methamphetamine hidden in secret compartments under a vehicle
Drugs concealed in a body panel of a Mercedes Benz
Heroin hidden in the differential of a vehicle
Heroin hidden in the differential of a vehicleSource