U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorities seized some 500 grams of illegal methamphetamine meticulously concealed in peanut shells in a shipment of various food items shipped from Mexico to Texas. Federal authorities suspect the involvement of a Mexican drug cartel behind the shipment.
The drugs were reportedly found after CBP opened a package labeled “Regional Bread Roasted Peanuts, Regional Dust Sweet Made of Corn” at a shipping center in Memphis, Tennessee on Tuesday, June 29. the Denver Gazette reported.
Officials said in a statement that they noticed “suspicious anomalies” on the package after passing it through an x-ray scanner. When they opened the questionable package, officers reportedly found it at the inside individual bags of shelled peanuts and various food preparation materials.
However, when an official opened a nut, a white crystal-like material was found inside. The substance was then tested and confirmed to be methamphetamine, according to The independent.
“My experienced officers have long since lost any surprise at the contraband methods they encounter on every shift,” Michael Neipert, port manager for CBP Memphis, said in a statement.
“Narcotics in fruits, nuts, baked goods, shoes, toys and all kinds of other items disguised as gifts or other legitimate shipments are stealing in the world of express shipments. These days, you can get a gram of methamphetamine at half the price of cocaine and twice its potency. I am proud that we were able to prevent this shipment from reaching its destination, ”added Neipert.
The total amount of methamphetamine seized in the shipment was estimated at 489 grams, according to WKRG-TV.
“While an average dose of methamphetamine is 0.2 grams and lasts 6 to 8 hours in the body, my officers have avoided 2,445 doses and about 15,000 hours of dangerous drugs that lead to reckless behavior, overdose and overdose. danger to those around the user, “said Neipert.
According to the US government, most of the methamphetamine smuggled into US soil is produced by Mexican drug cartels.
In a similar but unrelated incident, a 30-year-old man was reportedly arrested after he was caught smuggling methamphetamine crystals hidden in the skin of his private part, the Latin Times reported.
Shaft Bang Adams, 30, of Orlando, was reportedly arrested in May for driving with a suspended or revoked license and held in the Orange County Jail. He was strip searched in the prison and during the investigation four crystals of methamphetamine were reportedly found hidden inside his foreskin.
Adams has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and smuggling into a penal institution. He spent eight days in custody before posting a $ 2,000 bond.