Creative Smuggling: 20 Most Bizarre Attempts By Smugglers Which Went Wrong (PHOTOS)

on May 12 2012 6:52 AM
  • Smuggling Pistol in Mickey Mouse Doll
    A handout photo by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shows parts of a pistol which were found hidden in a stuffed animal at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island on May 8, 2012. Reuters
  • Smuggling Money In Pastries
    Money concealed in pastries that the German customs agency Zoll seized during an anti-money laundering operation, is displayed before the agency's annual statistics news conference at the finance ministry in Berlin March 16, 2012. Reuters
  • Drug in Submarine
    Members of the Colombian Navy stand guard on top of a seized submarine built by drug smugglers in a makeshift shipyard in Timbiqui, department of Cauca. Reuters
  • Smuggling Spider Monkeys
    Smuggling Spider Monkeys Reuters
  • Smuggling Ecstasy Drug Through Mr Potatohead Toy
    A Mr Potatohead toy containing 293 grams of ecstasy seized by Australian Customs at a mail centre in Sydney is seen in this undated handout photograph. Reuters
  • Smuggling Cigarettes in Soccer Ball
    A German customs officer holds a confiscated soccer ball used as a hiding spot to smuggle cigarettes to Germany at the Finance ministry in Berlin. Reuters
  • Cocaine in Easter Eggs
    A cache of cocaine concealed inside dozens of phony candy Easter eggs is pictured in this photograph released by the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Reuters
  • Emerald Green Tree Boas In Clay Pots
    Handout image shows one of two live 40cm-long (16 inches) juvenile emerald green tree boas that Australian customs officials seized at the Melbourne International Mail Centre. Reuters
  • Calf Smuggling Through Tunnels
    A Palestinian smuggles a calf through a tunnel beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah. Reuters
  • Tropical Fishes In A Skirt
    A woman on a flight from Singapore to Melbourne shows the 51 live tropical fishes hidden in a specially designed apron under her skirt in this handout photograph from the Australian Customs Service. Reuters
  • Geckos in Hollow Books
    Australian native geckos concealed in a hollowed out book which were seized by Customs officials are seen in the handout photo. Reuters
  • Cocaine Smuggling Through Wooden Door
    A wooden door, imported from Mexico and containing about 5 kg (11 pounds) of cocaine, was seized by Australian Customs officials in Sydney. Reuters
  • Thai Turtles in Suitcases
    A Thai custom officer shows seized turtles during a news conference at Thailand's customs department in Bangkok. Reuters
  • Escaping From Prison in a Briefcase
    Maria del Mar Arjona Rivero (L), 19, is seen holding the suitcase in which she tried to smuggle her partner Juan Ramirez Tijerina out of the prison where he was serving a sentence for unspecified federal crimes, and Ramirez Tijerina (R) is seen inside the suitcase after being discovered by prison guards in Chetumal July 2, 2011. Reuters
  • Australian Beetles In Yoghurt Containers
    Native Australian beetles which were seized by customs officials are seen in this handout photo. Reuters
  • Statues Made From Ephedrine Drug
    Two Australian Customs officers hold statues made of ephedrine, a drug used to make "Speed" or methamphetamine, after they were seized in raids in Sydney. Reuters
  • Panama's Exotic Frogs
    Photo released by Belgian police shows exotic frogs from Panama that were discovered by customs officials in film boxes at Brussels national airport. Reuters
  • Marijuana in Donkey Statue
    One of 200 cement yard statues shaped like a donkey is shown on display in this handout image provided by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and released to Reuters. Reuters
  • Liquid Steroids in 'Gay Lube Oil'
    Some of the 150 bottles containing illegal liquid steroids hidden inside sexual lubricant packaging seized by the Australian Customs is seen in this handout. Reuters
  • Endangered Egyptian Tortoises Smuggling in Suitcase
    A worker from Rome's Biopark zoo holds Testudo Kleinmanni hatchlings, an endangered species also known as Egyptian tortoises, in Rome. Reuters
  • Drugs in Furnitures, Sports Equipments and Marble Tiles
    A Libyan police officer views a haul of prescription drug Tramadol seized from a shipping container in Tripoli. Reuters
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You may have watched the movie Snakes On A Plane and this classic action flick has served as an inspiration to many criminals and drug dealers around the world to smuggle illegal substances, valuable properties, living beings and rare species.

The smugglers in today's world are really inventive to sneak past the authorities- by hiding money in box of pastries or putting guns in the Mickey Mouse dolls or placing drugs in mini-submarines. But these set of runners in the real world, as the smugglers in the movie, are often caught and they end up in a mess.

An old lady, who was trying to smuggle Apple iPhones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen in China by keeping them inside beer bottles, was caught recently. The lot, comprising of iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, was inserted into empty beer bottles that had been cut open and then resealed with tape. They were actually bundled in groups of three, wrapped in a black bag and put into dark bottles.

Indeed, this wasn't one of the best innovative methods followed although there are other thugs in the society who are travelling daily with a lot of substance, without getting caught  and the system needs to come out with ground-breaking technologies to catch them red-handed and prevent the crime from spreading.

Here is a slideshow which will take you on a ride to several ridiculous methods adopted by smugglers. 

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