What at first glance appeared to be a cooler filled with bags of frozen ice pops was actually a cooler filled with 9.21 pounds of methamphetamine in colorful bags designed to throw off authorities.
Fox 17 Nashville reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confiscated the methamphetamine this past weekend after a canine unit found the drugs during a highway checkpoint in Blythe, California. The agents were from CBP’s Yuma Sector in Yuma, Arizona, but were stationed in California. The agents were conducting an immigration check on Highway 78 when they discovered the drugs.
“Police say inside the car were a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S. and a U.S. citizen,” Fox 17 reported. “The 28-year-old female driver and her 38-year-old male passenger were arrested.”
The two people were arrested for transporting the methamphetamine, CBP said in a press release regarding the bust.
“Sunday afternoon, a Border Patrol canine assigned to the primary inspection lane alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from a Toyota Corolla. Agents referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection area, where they searched a cooler containing brightly colored bags disguised as frozen ice pops. They were determined to be methamphetamine with an approximate weight of 9.21 pounds,” CBP wrote.
CBP included in its release that the individuals were charged “by complaint, a method that allows the filing of criminal activity charges without inferring guilt.” As such, the two arrested are presumed innocent until more evidence determines their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
KTLA5 estimated the street value of the drugs to be around $20,000.
CBP agents and police have discovered drugs hidden in many odd ways. In early August, The Daily Wire reported that a young woman in Louisiana was questioned about stealing $5,000 from a man with whom she was staying. The police reported stated that during “a consensual search of Rolland’s person, a female corrections officer located $6,233 and a clear plastic bag containing approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine inside Rolland’s vagina.”
Last week, CBP officers in Arizona found nearly two pounds of fentanyl in her undergarments. The Daily Caller reported that a canine detected an odor on the woman as she attempted to cross the border. Agents found five packages of fentanyl pills in her underwear, estimated to be worth nearly $21,000.
Also in August, CBP agents discovered nearly four tons of marijuana hidden in a tractor-trailer delivering jalapeno peppers. Yet again, a canine alerted officers to an odor that led to the discovery.
In May, police also found meth in the vagina of a South Carolina woman after she was pulled over for a broken taillight. The officer who pulled her over happened to be a K-9 unit and the dog smelled drugs. The woman confessed that she had five grams of methamphetamine hidden in her vagina. Another gram was found elsewhere in her car.
Still, the California man who hid meth in his prosthetic leg back in 2017 seems to win the most unusual place to hide drugs.