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Man Smuggling Cocaine In Easter Eggs Busted In LAX


Los Angeles, California (BBC News) - Drug smugglers are sometimes creative, and yet sometimes oblivious at the same time. Take the case of 23-year-old Esteban Galtes; he was arrested in Los Angeles' LAX Airport while trying to smuggle cocaine in what appeared to be Easter eggs.

Galtes was travelling through LAX on December 23rd of last year when federal agents inspecting luggage found 6 kilos (13lb 3 oz) of the devil's dandruff in his bags. Much of the stash was packaged in colored candy eggs, which Galtes claimed he was taking to his chilren. Must be quite a party.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $100,000; US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said they grew suspicious when they noticed Galtes carrying Easter eggs on a flight just two days before Christmas. According to ICE agent Claude Arnold, "Drug traffickers are always trying novel ways to conceal their contraband, but cocaine camouflaged as Easter candy is one of the more unusual tactics we've come across" he said. If convicted on drug trafficking charges, Galtes could face a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Photo: Associated Press

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