Lots of people inhale Snickers bars, but not usually to get high.
Still, some eagle-eyed customs agents in southern California sniffed out an alleged plan to smuggle four pounds of methamphetamine out of the U.S. using a chocolate candy coating and wrappers for the popular peanut-packed treat.
Long Beach resident Rogelio Mauricio Harris, 34, was arrested by federal officials at Los Angeles International Airport Friday as he prepared to board a flight to Japan with the contraband confections, prosecutors said Monday.
Upon closer inspection, CBP officers discovered the 45 individually wrapped, full-sized bars contained a white substance that was subsequently determined to be methamphetamine.
According to the criminal complaint, each bar “was coated in a chocolate-like substance to make the contents of the package appear to be a real candy bar.”
Harris faces a charge of meth possession with intent to distribute. If convicted, he could get 10 years in prison up to a maximum of life behind bars.
“This scheme involved considerable planning and preparation and it shows the lengths to which smugglers will go in an attempt to elude detection,” Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Los Angeles, said in a statement. “The fact this ruse was detected should serve as a deterrent for others who might be considering trying similar tactics.”
The meth would have sold for as much as $250,000 on the street in Japan, officials said.