Insane Ways People Smuggle Drugs Into The United States

Insane Ways People Smuggle Drugs Into The United States

“Where there’s a will there’s a way”
is a famous proverb, meaning that if someone is determined enough to do something, they’ll
find a way to accomplish it regardless of the obstacles. This is especially true as it pertains to
drug cartels who will do just about anything to ensure their products get delivered to
their clients in the U.S. So, what are some methods that are used to
sneak drugs past border patrol? Well, let’s put it to you this way, if you
can think it, odds are it has been attempted before. The U.S.-Mexican border has been increasing
its security lately with the deployment of active duty troops, which reflect the budding
militarization of the area. States that border with Mexico include California,
Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. As of 2018, two thousand National Guard Personnel
guard this line with roughly half of them in Texas and the other half spread out throughout
California, Arizona and New Mexico. With so much protection, it can be difficult
to envision cartels delivering drugs into the country successfully. So, how on Earth do they do it? Before we delve into all the creative methods
that have been used to smuggle drugs, we thought we’d first examine some research to look
at why drugs are a problem and the extent of its severity to better understand what
we’re dealing with. A 2015 report from the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration explained that drug overdoses were responsible for more deaths in the U.S.
than car accidents or gunshots. Some deaths were due to prescription drugs,
others by cocaine, and many from the use of heroin. In terms of opioid overdose, Ohio ranks supreme
with the highest death toll in the U.S. About 5,000 people are said to die from opioid
overdoses in Ohio each year. This state also has one of the largest female
prison populations in the country with 35% of charges against women being drug related. Drugs are an extremely powerful substance
and can control the mind like an unstoppable force. Experiments on rats in the 1970’s provided
us with a lot of information on the issue. Scientists found that, when given the opportunity,
rats would choose to consume heroin or cocaine relentlessly to the point of destroying their
bodies and brains until death overcame them through overdose. It can be difficult to resist because drugs
trigger the pleasure center part of the brain, which reinforce an organism to consume more
of the substance. This explains why campaigns that preach the
slogan, “just say no,” often prove to be ineffective at stopping drug use. Drugs can magically alter our moods and shift
us from feeling depressed and lonely to being happy and optimistic. Thus, it can be difficult to “just say no”
to a solution for your awful feeling. Not all drugs are bad and under the right
circumstances, when monitored by a medical professional, they can be extraordinarily
helpful for relieving the suffering of people who are experiencing very painful medical
conditions. We spoke with some clinicians who explained
that if there is a high rate of abuse or suspicion of drug abuse, this can often make doctors
uneasy about prescribing certain prescription medications in fear of aiding the development
of addiction. This can be extraordinarily difficult for
people who truly need it for moderate to severe discomfort. Drugs in the wrong hands may also lead to
seizures and higher rates of crime. According to, “a national
survey shows that more than 32% of state prisoners and 26% of federal prisoners were using drugs
when they committed their crimes.” Does this imply that drugs directly cause
people to commit crimes? Of course not. But it may suggest there exists a correlational
relationship between the two. It is not surprising that mind-altering substances
can pose as an influential factor on the thought processes that lead to certain behavioral
outcomes, such as with acts of criminality. For instance, if a drug makes you feel invulnerable,
you may then believe that you can get away with anything. If you take a hallucinogen, on the other hand,
you may experience hallucinations or delusions that cause you to lose your sense of reality,
such as having voices in your head telling you what to do. So, now you might be wondering what types
of drugs are smuggled into the U.S.? For this we examined the statistics of most
commonly trafficked drugs into the US as well as the percentages of offenses per drug. Going in ascending order, statistics show
that oxycodone consists of 4.6%, heroin has higher rates up to 9.8%, crack cocaine is
set at 13.1%, and marijuana resides at 21.5%. Cocaine and methamphetamine consist of the
most commonly smuggled drugs at roughly 24%. Although Mexico isn’t the only culprit,
it is said to be the source of most forbidden drugs that enter the US. Now we turn to answer the question you’ve
been patiently waiting for: how do they do it? When you see how heavily guarded the border
crossing is, it might appear impossible. Yet, there are a multitude of creative and
ingenious ways that drugs have attempted to get across. Our first examples relate to the use of smuggling
drugs by air from the ground. This includes the use of catapults. Now, we can guess what you’re probably thinking
right now. A catapult, really? In multiple instances, cartels were caught
using giant catapults to hurl drugs over the border into the U.S. where someone would retrieve
them on the other side of the fence. Catapults have been found on numerous occasions
on the Arizona-Mexican border, flinging sacks filled with drugs roughly 328 feet. To put this into better perspective, that’s
further than the height of London’s Big Ben clock tower if this iconic landmark were
to be propped horizontally across a large stretch of land. Talk about jumping the fence! In some instances, t-shirt cannons were also
used to shoot drugs over the border. This may be unsurprising when considering
that this staple of sporting events has often been used to fire contraband into prison yards
as well. Mexican authorities also found and seized
a homemade bazooka that was being used to launch marijuana into the United States. NPR explained that this bazooka had been adapted
specifically to use a compressor for shooting out drugs. Mexican officials seized some 1,800 pounds
worth of marijuana that may have reached the U.S. by use of this bazooka. Finally, it may come to no surprise that drug
smugglers would utilize the advent of drones. The Washington Examiner reported data showing
that 15 drones had been spotted between Tijuana, Mexico and Southern California from late 2017
to 2018. These drones carried drugs attached to them
while flying over the border. Drones are also often used to spy on border
patrol agents with a camera from hundreds of feet above. Since federal law enforcement agents do not
yet have any tools for detecting drones, they must mostly rely on their eyes and ears. Even if they do spot one, however, they cannot
shoot it down with their guns without approval, which leaves them pretty helpless to do anything
about it for the most part. Also, because a person flying a drone can
operate it from a few hundred feet to a couple of miles away, he may be very tough to locate. For this reason, owners of drones have often
been able to avoid capture by U.S. federal law enforcement. So, the next time your curiosity consumes
you and you decide to use your drone to harmlessly spy on your neighbor’s newly installed backyard
swimming pool, you might consider that you’re using a device that a drug smuggler would
love to have his hands on. Your neighbor, however, probably won’t be
too thrilled about it and you might overhear some yelling that sounds something sort of
like, “darn you crazy kids!” We hope for their sake and yours that they’re
not in the middle of skinny dipping when you do this. That could be a disturbing and embarrassing
scene. So, we’ve discussed methods of drug smuggling
by air. What about underground? In 1990, a tunnel was discovered, which ran
273 feet under the ground from a luxurious home in Agua Prieta, Mexico to a warehouse
in Arizona. Oddly, this tunnel was equipped with electrical
lighting, a drainage system and a trolley for transporting the drugs. An entire, fancy operation was being conducted
beneath the surface and no one had any idea. What made it even more high-tech, according
to, was that it possessed a “hidden switch inside the luxury home
that, when activated, boosted a pool table and concrete slab below it high into the air
to open the way to a narrow shaft below.” We must admit, that sounds pretty cool. One of the biggest tunnels was discovered
in April 2016. It ran half a mile from a house in Tijuana,
Mexica to an industrial property in San Diego. It, also, was equipped with lighting, rails
and a ventilation system. The tunnel was designed to transport huge
amounts of drugs – we’re talking tons! This just goes to show how far people are
willing to use their ingenuity when it comes to earning profit from dealing drugs. We suppose this is what you get when you combine
drugs with too much spare time. Now let’s delve into some of the most insane
ways that drugs have been attempted to smuggle into the US. From cargo boxes to the inside of cars, there
are many imaginative and innovative methods people have utilized in the attempt to sneak
drugs into the U.S. Often, religious items, relics or associations
have been used by smugglers to appear innocent, wholesome, and to try to evade suspicion. This was the case in 2013 when three women
from Colombia attempted to smuggle 4.4 pounds of cocaine that was strapped to their legs
while they were dressed as nuns. Crossing the Mexican-United States border
into Texas in 2008, an elderly woman was found driving with a 7-pound memento, a statue of
Jesus. She probably thought that, being old in combination
with possessing a religious item would make her appear like the epitome of virtue, but
she underestimated the powerful smelling ability of canine noses. Drug sniffing dogs went crazy over the statue’s
scent, but, initially, officials didn’t find any drugs inside of it. They later found that this was because the
statue itself was the drug. It was molded out of plaster that had been
mixed with cocaine. We’re not entirely sure how the receivers
of the statue planned on taking the cocaine from it, but we suppose they would have thought
of some way to do it. Still, if you find yourself putting forth
a lot of effort to erode a Jesus statue for a hit, it’s possible that it may be time
to reassess what you’re doing with your life. This occasion wasn’t the first time an elderly
woman was used to cross the border with drugs. On August 8, 2018, an 81-year-old woman was
also driving in her car when she was stopped by CBP agents. The dogs also smelled something suspicious
radiating from her vehicle, a 2011 Chrysler 200. Upon investigation, agents discovered $870,000
worth of heroin stashed inside. Now, we don’t mean inside the car in plain
view like on top of the seat. We mean literally inside the car, stuffed
in its rocker panels. In case you don’t know a lot about the internal
structure of cars, the rocker panel is located along the sides of the vehicle between the
front and rear wheel, basically below the doors. You lift your feet over this each time you
climb in and out of your car. A lot of people probably don’t normally
consider using this part of their car to hide things so that’s pretty creative! In October of the same year, nine people were
arrested when conspiring to sneak meth into Hawaii. The drugs were disguised as decorative artifacts,
such as Aztec calendars and statues. Simple souvenirs? We think not. One of the wildest attempts to sneak across
the border occurred on October 30, 2012 when a makeshift ramp was created to scale the
14-foot-tall border fence. A jeep presumably containing marijuana attempted
to drive over this ramp into the United States from Mexico. The perpetrators’ plot was foiled, however,
when the jeep got stuck at the top of the fence. It started teetering, which made the two intruders
panic and flee back to Mexico. It’s comical to imagine the reactions on
the faces of officials when they first arrived at the scene. They probably mumbled something to each other
like, “Well, now I’ve seen everything.” Although our next examples did not occur at
the U.S. border, we think these make for honorable mentions. We must use full disclosure though and warn
you that these methods may be disturbing, and we wouldn’t recommend that you continue
watching if you have a weak stomach or tend to get queasy easily. As we’ve discussed, people will use just
about anything to smuggle drugs, including their own bodies. The best-known method for this is to ingest
tightly wrapped balloons full of drugs and transport them in the stomach. This not only disgusting but dangerous. In 2015, a 24-year-old Brazilian man was on
a flight to Dublin from Lisbon. Out of nowhere, he became fiercely agitated
before collapsing to the floor. He was later found dead after one out of 80
pellets, holding nearly 2 pounds worth of cocaine, burst in his stomach. In December 2012, a Colombian woman flying
to Berlin tried to smuggle drugs inside breast implants. She probably figured that she’d get away
with it because airport officials wouldn’t dare ask to search her there in fear of being
accused of sexual harassment. She could have gotten away with it if she
didn’t start complaining of severe pain. The agony became too unbearable to endure
any longer, which pushed her to admit that she was carrying 2.2 pounds of cocaine in
her breasts and seek help. More recently in 2018, a Brazilian man wanted
to transport 2.2 pounds of cocaine into Portugal. He did this by using padded swimming trunks. The drugs were stored inside a pair of fake
butt cheeks, made of two cushion-like implants that were attached to his shorts. We suppose that, like the breast implant woman,
he thought he could get away with pretending to have a huge rear end. If officials grew suspicious and asked to
search him, he could simply act insulted and say something like, “no, I’m not carrying
anything. That’s just my butt. Hands off please.” But the man did not fool anyone, and police
quickly caught on to his scheme. What do you think of our picks for examples
of drug smuggling? Is there anything we missed? Here with the Infographics Show, we’re always
interested to learn about your opinion, so feel free to let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
the Insane Way El Chapo Escaped Prison! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!


  1. How about in cylinders of compressed air or some other gas? How about the chap that tried to hide it under his toupee and hat? He was trying to smuggle some dope into Italy. Not a little bit as it was over 3 oz.

  2. People should not be in jail for drug use! As long as you’re not harming anyone, its your body and your life. Save our tax money for real criminals..

  3. at 1:49 This test was with rats in a cage who had nothing else to do than do drugs. This study was later redone with alot of rats in a sort of rat ''Hotel'' where they could entertain themself with toys or each other. This study showed that the rats did not even touch the drugged water, this is because animals naturally refuse to take ''poison'',

  4. Also drug dogs don't usually bark to signal a handler. The one here sits, but some lay down. Idk anywhere that the dog barks…

  5. I have smuggled Marijuana and Amphetamine from Finland to Estonia few times just for personal use. Never got caught, i never saw any dogs or anyone searching people.

  6. I got a riddle for you

    This person smuggles something he rides a bike with bags filled with sand the guards find nothing what is he smuggling

    Hopefully it makes sense

  7. When they told me that thing about Ohio I was like “WAIT WHAT WHY DO I LIVE HERE WHY DID I MOVE HERE AM I IN DANGER?!”

  8. drugs aren't save in the first place.
    stay away from drugs.
    unless you have medical marijuana etc
    prescription drug..

  9. "just rember if you want a device like this its something a drug smuggler would love" infografic, stop with the fear mongering already. you used to be great.

  10. I got a question… Why & How does a jet on a Navy vessel manage to take off (and land) with such little runway track?

  11. Funny thing is when they did that same study on rats with a separate water bottle not laced and other rats the rats nearly never went to the laced water

  12. They need to just legalize everything then it takes the power out of the hands of the cartels. It’s none of the governments business what a consenting adult puts in his or her body.

  13. Seriously, this video didn't even contain any story of someone using a hat to smuggle drugs. Stop using click bait tactics, no wonder I unsubscribed

  14. I don’t get the point of smuggling Marijuana from Mexico? Dispensary’s have the best stuff! And it’s legal if your over 21

  15. Jeep was a Best idea 🤣 Jeep stuck in middle and they run away to Mexico 🤣 and Then office arrive and their face was like 😳

  16. why the not just tax alll d
    drugs like they do with sugar, alcohol, cigarettes and use the money for education rehab and help programs. Who wants to be a drug dealer och addict, bit I guess US needs to fill up all those prisons, cheap labor that's awesome

  17. "drugs are an extremely powerful substance"…hmmm…way to generalize. I'm kinda losing faith, infographics. I gotta say.

    at the very least, you guys could have said [certain] drugs [can be] extremely powerful substances.

  18. The infographics show the rat study you mentioned was done once again but in a giant "rat park" where the rats had friends and it was discovered that the rats in social environments whi had friends and family didn't use the drugs. I love your show and am a huge fan i just wanted to bring it to your attention.

    Thank you


    H.M. Alfallah

  19. Back in the day my great aunt was baby sitting some kids and they always went to Mexico over the border for that sweet Mexican candy. One day the kids went over the border and got killed. A man filled them with drugs and put them in his car like they were sleeping. He didn't get caught when smuggling the drugs but he got caught later on. (Probably disposing the bodies)

  20. I have a hole in my brain after a tumour was removed meaning there’s a nice little space of nothing up there.. Just saying.. 🤭🤯🤣

  21. You made a mistake talking about the rat experiment. Yes, at first they concluded that "drugs are very addictive and end of line" BUT sometime later the same experiment was done, but more realistically. At the first test the rats always lived in isolation, alone…With no more options of connection, the addiction took them so quickly to the point of killing themselves, while in the second test, they used around 10 to 20 rats together and the result was completely different. None of the mice developed a substance addiction, much less to the point of overdosing and it all because they have a choice, a option.

    Result: All beings depend on CONNECTION, some do it with drugs to connect with themselves, some other can connect with themselver with meditation, others are addicted to people, and a few find the balance to live life without any addiction.

    and that's it, I love your channel and I wanted to leave these parentheses here that I believe is very useful since mentioning only the first experiment can And will give a wrong idea of what are addictions and the human relationship with drugs.

  22. "Drugs are an incredibly potent substance" and on which drugs were you on when you came up with that word salad 🤣

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