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

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  • 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. Colombian authorities said the submersible craft was to be used to transport 8 tons of cocaine illegally into Mexico. Reuters
  • Smuggling Spider Monkeys
    A couple of Spider Monkeys, that had been found on a bus inside a bag with three dead monkeys, rest in a hammock at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center on the outskirts of Mexico City. According to Mexico's Federal Wildlife Conservation Department, at least 2,500 different animals are rescued annually in the country, 70 percent from illegal animal trafficking within and outside the country and 30 percent from domestic captivity. 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. The parcel was posted from Ireland and sent to a residential address in Sydney's western suburbs. 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. ICE officials arrested Esteban Galtes from Miami, Florida on a drug smuggling charge after he was intercepted at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on December 23, 2010, attempting to smuggle in a cache of cocaine concealed inside dozens of phony candy Easter eggs. Officers searched Galtes' luggage and discovered more than 14 pounds of cocaine, much of it camouflaged as pastel-colored, egg-shaped candies with the remainder of the cocaine secreted under the cardboard bottom of a paper shopping bag. The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $100,000. 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. When intercepted, the snakes were concealed inside a parcel containing small clay pots that was mailed from Sweden to an address in the South Australian capital Adelaide. 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. Customs officers became suspicious after hearing "flipping" noises coming from the vicinity of her waist, and an examination revealed 15 plastic water-filled bags holding concealed fish. 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. Australian Customs officials were alerted by Australia Post to a suspect express mail package bound for the Czech Republic. Customs investigators responded and took possession of the package. Inside they found a hollowed-out book containing two adult and two baby southern leaf tail geckos. 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. The Australian police have charged a 32-year-old Mexican national with attempted possession of a prohibited import. Reuters
  • Thai Turtles in Suitcases
    A Thai custom officer shows seized turtles during a news conference at Thailand's customs department in Bangkok. Thai customs had found 451 turtles worth 1 million baht ($33,000) stashed in suitcases offloaded from a passenger flight from Bangladesh, the seizure of live creatures at Bangkok's bustling Suvarnabhumi airport. Turtles of varying sizes worth around 2,000 baht apiece in Thai markets, and seven false gavials, a type of freshwater crocodile worth 10,000 baht each, were found in small bags packed into cases after authorities received a tip off that a known trafficker was on his way to Thailand. Reuters
  • Escaping From Prison in a Briefcase
    In a combination of handout photographs, 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. According to prison officials Ramirez Tijerina was discovered hiding inside the suitcase as Arjona Rivero left the building following a conjugal visit. Arjona Rivero was arrested for the attempt. Reuters
  • Australian Beetles In Yoghurt Containers
    Native Australian beetles which were seized by customs officials are seen in this handout photo. Two men from the United States have been arrested and charged with trying to smuggle about 1,300 native beetles out of Australia in empty yoghurt containers, Australian Customs officials said. The men, aged 62 and 63, were detained at Perth airport in the Western Australia state after customs officers found up to 1,000 tiger beetles hidden in one of set of luggage, and more than 300 beetles in another case. 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. Australian police arrested four men after raids uncovered 800 statues made of ephedrine, valued at A$72 million (US$54 million), police and customs had informed. About 400 kg (882 lbs) of ephedrine was found in a series of raids in Sydney's southwest, officials said. 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. More than 500 amphibian creatures were smuggled into the country by two Belgian citizens to sell on the black market at about 150 euros each. 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. Law enforcement agents seized 1800 pounds of marijuana valued at $1.5 million that had been hidden in the 200 statues in the cities of Fontana, California and Sun Valley, California. 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. Customs said that the bottles, labelled as "gay lube oil", actually contained prohibited performance and image enhancing drugs manufactured and sent from Thailand. 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. The offsprings are the hatchlings of several Egyptian tortoises that were rescued from a smuggler's suitcase in 2005 at Naples airport, southern Italy, by Italy's forestry police and were entrusted to Rome's main zoo. 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. Libyan authorities had accused al Qaeda of trying to smuggle 37 million painkillers into the country to alter the minds of young people to join a revolt against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The drugs were hidden in containers that were identified for furniture, sports equipment and marble tiles. 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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