Heroin, dogs: What's next?

Published 9:13 am Monday, February 6, 2006

By Staff
It's amazing what lengths members involved in drug rings will go to in order to smuggle massive amounts of drugs through customs.
Just this week, the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 22 Colombian nationals for smuggling heroin into the United States.
How did they smuggle the drugs? They cut open the stomachs of puppies, placed the liquid bags of heroin inside them and then stitched them back up. Several of the puppies have since died.
What's equally disturbing are the human couriers called swallowers who were also arrested for smuggling nearly 20 kilograms of heroin into the United States.
The swallowers ingested the liquid packets. Some smugglers have gone to even greater lengths. It's reported that one woman was once found with cocaine surgically implanted in her buttocks, while another smuggler swallowed condoms full of drugs.
One word for you people – Yuck!
I guess the days of smuggling drugs in the lining of purses, inside aerosol cans and bottles doesn't work anymore because the smugglers were busted for doing that.
Can you imagine what those conversations are like as drug smugglers are trying to figure out ways to hide the drugs? Especially that one involving the woman who had surgery.
What did that woman deserve to get appointed to that position? Did she volunteer? Was she being punished? Or did she just simply have the biggest behind?
Or, the conversation involving the condoms. I wonder, did that person get pleasure out of swallowing the condoms? Condom companies may want to rethink their marketing strategies.
The saddest part of the whole scheme is that three innocent puppies died for a selfish cause. In fact, it was reported that police in Colombia had found the puppies with scars on their stomachs at a property and were planning on retrieving the drugs once the animals had passed through customs.
The plan wasn't even that great of a plan to begin with. Despite the inadequacy of the plan, it's inevitable that we will be hearing more reports on outlandish smuggling tactics for years to come. What's next? I don't even want to think of it.
Mary-Allison Lancaster is the Managing editor of the Brewton Standard. She can be reached via e-mail at mlancaster@brewtonstandard.com

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