The brilliance of the alleged deceit surprised and impressed federal officials as a smuggler attempted to cross the border between Mexico and the United States with an incredibly vast stash of methamphetamines disguised as onions.
Sidney Aki, the Director of Field Operations for US Customs and Border Protection in San Diego, clearly stated in a statement that wrapping narcotics in these small packets that resembled onions was not only a creative manner of smuggling narcotics into the nation, but it was also time consuming.
The 1,197 methamphetamine bundles, which weighed 1,336 pounds and were actually worth $2.9 million and were hidden among actual onions in the back of a tractor-trailer, were fashioned into small globes with a white covering and weighed 1,336 pounds.
The stockpile was later discovered at the Otay Mesa border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego by K9 teams.
The 46-year-old Mexican driver was finally caught and immediately handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the United States.
“While we have certainly seen narcotics in production before, it’s unusual for us to see this level of detail in the concealment,” Aki added.