The 6 Oddest Things Seized by Customs in 2015

Smugglers will put drugs into anything
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2015 3:18 PM CST
Cocaine stuffed inside fried fish was just one of the weirdest things seized by Customs and Border Protection this year.   (Customs and Border Protection)

(Newser) – Customs and Border Protection released its list of the 10 weirdest things it seized in 2015, and as ABC News reports, everything from bugs to drugs to hoverboards made the list in a testament to smugglers' ongoing battle between impressive creativity and astounding stupidity. Here are six of the oddest things seized by Border Protection agents:

  1. Someone shaped 1,455 pounds of marijuana worth more than $700,000 into watermelon-shaped bales, then hid the bales amid actual watermelons.
  2. Agents at Los Angeles International Airport found 450 pork tamales inside luggage arriving from Mexico. Due to the possibility of disease, foreign meat is a no-go.

  1. A man's shoes appeared unusually bulky when he approached agents at the Mexican border. It turns out that was because they were filled with more than 2 pounds of meth.
  2. Agents seized 445 counterfeit hoverboards with potentially fire-starting batteries just in time for Christmas.
  3. A passenger from Jamaica was found to be traveling with 2 pounds of cocaine stuffed inside fried fish at Miami International Airport.
  4. A dozen illegal immigrants were discovered crammed in the back of an SUV done up to look like an official Border Patrol vehicle in Texas.
Read the full list here. (Read more Customs and Border Protection stories.)

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