Bizarre Drug Busts of 2011 at the U.S. – Mexico Border

We take a look at some of the more creative drug smuggling attempts from the past year.

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On Dec. 7 Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley arrested a 23-year-old man for attempting to smuggle heroin in the soles of two pairs of dress shoes.
There were 3.53 pounds of heroin in the shoes with an estimated worth of $45,890, agents said.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
Border agents at the San Ysidro port of entry foiled an alleged smuggling attempt on December 6. They found methamphetamine hidden inside cans of jalapeños and cheese sauce.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
Officers opened all three cans, two cans of cheese sauce and one can of jalapeños, and discovered a package in each containing a total of seven pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $140,000.
Marijuana bundles with Daffy Duck on them were found within a drug tunnel in Otay Mesa on Nov. 29, 2011.
Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility Sept. 1, discovered about 2,330 pounds of marijuana in boxes of hot sauce.
Agents discovered three bundles of cocaine inside a woman's Coach diaper bag on Monday, August 1.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
A man was caught on June 7, 2011, attempting to smuggle 159 pounds of iguana meat into the United States across the U.S.-Mexico border, federal Customs and Border Protection officers said. WARNING: Images may be disturbing.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The suspect, a 37-year-old U.S. Citizen, declared he was bringing in fish inside three large coolers at about 3:30 p.m. Upon investigation, CHP officers at the Otay Mesa passenger port of entry found iguana meat concealed beneath pieces of fish meat that rested on top.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The iguana meat was turned over to U.S. Fish and Wildlife service agents, who charged the man with criminal activity.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
“Our officers have to be prepared to anything,” said Jacqueline Wasiluk, CBP spokeswoman. “That includes unusual things people attempt to smuggle, such as iguana meat.”
Illegal immigrant exits from the hidden compartment with specialized foot covering used to hide footprints to avoid being tracked when crossing the border, according to agents.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Border Patorl agents arrested two teenagers - both U.S. citizens - after discovering a boatload of pot. Literally. On June 22, 2011, the two teens were found with more than 240 pounds of marijuana in a boat docked near Shelter Island.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
A muffler was found to contain nine packages of cocaine with a street value of $245k on June 8, 2011. Also inside was a bottle with 100 oxycodone pills.
U.S. Border Patrol
A Los Angeles truck driver was found in Pine Valley with 700 pounds of marijuana stashed with his watermelon load in February 2011. Eighty-four cellophane-wrapped bundles of marijuana were stuffed inside a trash bag and two suitcases that rested atop the fruit pallet.
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