First it was $55 million worth of cocaine discovered at a Coca-Cola plant in Signes, France in August 2016.
According to the BBC, authorities have ruled out any involvement by employees at the plant, instead calling the 370 kilos of cocaine included in a shipment of orange juice concentrate from Costa Rica “a very bad surprise.”
Jean-Denis Malgras, the regional president of Coca-Cola, quickly learned the seizure was being called one of the largest to occur on French soil.
The following year U.S. Customs and Border Patrol confiscated seven pounds of live Mediterranean chocolate-band snails in an express international parcel going from Italy to Hartford, Connecticut.
The contents of two taped up shoeboxes were full, except for those determined snails who were already trying to escape, labeled as “shoes and honey.”
By 2019, at least 154 pounds of black market bologna was discovered by . CBP officers who stopped a man in a Chevrolet pickup at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso. Texas.
According to a CBP press release, the department’s Agriculture Specialists inspected the truck with Texas plates on its way back into the United States. One of the officers saw “red rolls” stacked behind the rear seat of the vehicle, and a more thorough investigation revealed that those rolls were actually giant bologna logs.
The CBP seized 14 rolls of Mexican bologna from the man’s truck and waa ultimately destroyed. Pork produced outside our borders cannot be brought into the United States, because of its potential to introduce “foreign animal diseases” into the pork industry.
On February 13, 2021, agents seized 44 pounds, or almost $3 million worth of cocaine, found inside a box of “frosted” corn flakes.
The shipment from Peru to Cincinnati, Ohio, had an estimated street value of $2,822,400. The final delivery was intended to be at a private residence in Hong Kong.
Angel brand Corn Flakes was sniffed out by CBP Narcotic Detector Dog “Bico,” and when officers took a closer look, “they saw that the cereal contained white powder, and the flakes were coated with a grayish substance.”
“The men and women at the Port of Cincinnati are committed to stopping the flow of dangerous drugs,” Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie stated, “and they continue to use their training, intuition, and strategic skills to prevent these kinds of illegitimate shipments from reaching the public.”
The CBP added that, on average, 3,677 pounds of drugs were seized at ports of entry across the United States every single day over the last fiscal year—and that these illegal substances had been hidden in “anything imaginable.”