Drug Smuggling through Candy Bars

$250,000-worth of methamphetamine was found inside 45 individually-wrapped candy bars by ICE agents at Los Angeles International Airport in luggage ready to fly to Japan.


Rogelio Mauricio Harris, 34, was arrested by the ICE agents on the spot after finding the concealed illegal drugs in his baggage. “The box appeared to be professionally wrapped,” reports Lee Harty, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson.


CBP further reports that it was disguised in a cellophane-wrapped box containing around four dozen candy bars – Harris tried to make 1,600 grams of metamphetamine look like regular Snickers candy bars. CBP officers noticed that the box of candy bars appeared heavier than normal which led to the discovery of the hidden metamphetamine.


Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) estimates that the drugs found in the candy bars would have sold for as much as $250,000 in Japan.


Harris has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and if found guilty will have to face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison.


CBP has been reported to have successfully interfered in other smuggling attempts and reports to have found contraband disguised as Easter eggs, snack food bags, and cans of refried beans.


“This seizure is a great example of the enforcement work that CBP officers perform every day at our ports of entry, to not only keep illegal contraband and illegal criminal proceeds from entering the country, but from leaving the country as well,” said Todd Owen, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles.