These are New Zealand's most creative drug smuggling attempts

funny shit 11/08/2016

Earlier this month, $20 million of methamphetamine, commonly known as 'P', came into New Zealand hidden in spatulas - not quite the kind of cooking they were intended for.


It's just one of the many creative ways criminals have tried to smuggle drugs.


In May, a diamante-encrusted horse hit headlines for containing New Zealand's largest ever cocaine seizure. The smugglers weren't horsing around, hiding 35 bricks of the stuff inside the 400kg sculpture.


In January, a 1.5 kg haul of meth was intercepted at Wellington airport inside an "unusually heavy" neck-pillow.


Recently, 4000 handbags hid 30kg of P inside small silica gel sachets worth an estimated $30 million.


On a smaller scale, nearly $10 million worth of the Class B drug ephedrine a medication that can be used to make P - was stuffed inside thousands of tiny plastic toys, discovered in 2015 inside a shipping container from China.


This criminal creativity is global.


A Mr Potatohead toy stuffed with ecstasy was seized at a mail centre in Sydney.


Eight hundred kilograms of marijuana valued at $2 million was hidden inside donkey-shaped statues in the US.


A woman tried to get into Colombia with 1.5 kg of cocaine inside her breast implants.


Customs thought there was something fishy about clams intercepted at Washington airport - they were stuffed with 15 small bags of cocaine.


It's a constant challenge for customs officers around the world to keep up with these imaginative offenders.