Drug cartels are getting more creative and compulsive.
Customs and Border Protection seized over one pound of methamphetamine inside of individual peanut shells at a shipping hub in Memphis on June 29.
According to a press release from the agency, over a pound of meth was found in a manifest of individual peanut shells labeled “Regional Bread Roasted Peanuts Regional Dust Sweet Made of Corn” from Mexico and bound for East Texas.
“My experienced officers long ago lost all surprise at the smuggling methods they encounter every shift,” said Area Port Director Michael Neipert. “Narcotics in fruit, nuts, baked goods, shoes, toys and all kinds of other items disguised as gifts or other legitimate shipments fly through the express consignment world. These days you can get a gram of methamphetamine at half the price of what cocaine costs, and at twice the potency. I’m proud we were able to keep this shipment from getting to its destination.”
No doubt if anyone had the compulsive nature needed to pack this shipment of the dangerous drug it was a meth head.
The total shipment was roughly 489 grams. Your average peanut shell weighs about 0.6 grams with your average dose of meth being 1/3 of that at 0.2 grams. That’s roughly 2445 doses in this shipment at 815 peanuts. Customs and Border Protection even macroed this out to about 15,000 hours of meth-fueled ecstasy considering how long (6-8 hours) the average dose stays in the average body (no kidding, check out the fourth paragraph of the press release).