Turns Out Hiding $250K Worth Of Meth Inside Snickers Bar Wrappers Won’t Fool Authorities

Like the wolf in sheep’s clothing or Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot, putting a different wrapper on something and fooling everyone only works in fictional situations or when trying to trick actual sheep/Marilyn Monroe. U.S. customs agents are trained to catch people trying to hide stuff, which is why coating lumps of methamphetamine in chocolate and dressing them in Snickers wrappers didn’t work out too well for one man accused of trying to smuggle $250,000 worth of the drugs into Japan.

Agents in California busted a 34-year-old many at Los Angeles International Airport last week as he lined up to get on a flight to Japan with the drugs in treat clothing, say prosecutors. He was sniffed out during a routine inspection of checked luggage, when agents came across a large box of suspicious looking candy bars, reports the New York Daily News.

We Americans, we know our snacks, so we’re not surprised the agents knew something was off with the 45, full-sized and individually wrapped bars. Inside, instead of delicious peanut and caramel goodness, officials say they found a white substance that turned out to be meth.

The criminal complaint says each bar was “was coated in a chocolate-like substance to make the contents of the package appear to be a real candy bar.” Get it yet? It was supposed to look like candy, but it was drugs. Illegal drugs are the wolf or Tony Curtis  in this situation, you see.

The man is now facing a charge of meth possession with intent to distribute, and could receive up to 10 years to life in prison if he’s convicted.

“This scheme involved considerable planning and preparation and it shows the lengths to which smugglers will go in an attempt to elude detection,” said the special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Los Angeles in a statement. “The fact this ruse was detected should serve as a deterrent for others who might be considering trying similar tactics.”

California man tries to smuggle meth disguised as Snickers bars out of U.S. [New York Daily News]



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  1. Lethe says:

    He should have done it with Bounty bars.

  2. dolemite says:

    MMmmmm meth Snickers.

  3. Invader Zim says:

    Thats a lots of snickers per bar.

  4. Captain Spock says:

    MethJoy has Meth! (mounds dont)

  5. synimatik says:

    Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you go to prison for drug smuggling and get raped.

  6. Murph1908 says:

    It’s not as crazy of a scheme as it might look like at the surface.

    Now, I don’t know how effective it is at eluding drug-sniffing dogs or other ways to find drugs, but a bunch of candy bars might be a common sight.

    When my wife and I were going to London, I was snickering at a girl at the gift shop buying a ton of candy bars to take with her on the flight. It was really rather humorous, at the time, the number of candy bars she was buying.

    After 2 weeks in London, I was doing the same thing at Heathrow, buying up all the Flake Praline and other UK candy bars I could stuff in my carry-on.

  7. StarKillerX says:

    “The man is now facing a charge of meth possession with intent to distribute, and could receive up to 10 years to life in prison if he’s convicted.”

    Not Going Anywhere For a While?

  8. The Beer Baron says:

    Ah yes, Meth-laced Snickers bars, perfect for that afternoon slump when hunger’s poking at ya; pokin at ya; pokinatya; pokinatyapokinatyapokinatyapokinatya ohmoygodthebugsthey’reundermyskinpokingmeican’tgetthemoutugggghhhhhh…

  9. MikeTastic says:

    Walter White does not approve. Everyone knows you smuggle meth in fried chicken trucks.

  10. giax says:

    Hiding it in snickers bars turned out to be as ineffective as hiding it in donuts.

  11. MaytagRepairman is stealing socks while fixing your dryer. says:

    All “snicker”ing aside. I feel bad for the guy. After all he was exporting the drugs and hopefully bringing the money back to our country were it is badly needed. The only reason to go after the guy was to uphold agreements with other countries to keep drugs from being imported into our country but that hasn’t worked so well has it?

  12. Cal says:

    What a dufus. Should have been wrapped in Almond Joys.

  13. PragmaticGuy says:

    That stuff HAS to be better than 5 Hour Energy

  14. shepd says:

    If drugs were legal not only would nobody need this effort, but meth would not exist. It’s only purpose is to create a drug that’s easy to make (albeit rather dangerous to make, too) and therefore give you ample opportunity to “get away with it”.

    Seriously, the strong the prohibition gets the worse the results are. People drank moonshine back during booze prohibition and went blind. Fortunately, that ended before things got as bad as they are now with drug prohibition.

  15. Ayla says:

    #1, I thought Meth was easy to make. Sheesh, Japan, make your own local Meth and stop importing!

    #2. Tip of the hat to Ms. Mary Beth for the “Some Like It Hot” reference. Well done!

  16. MarkFL says:

    I wonder if he could also be charged with false product labeling.

    Also, did the guy actually eat several cases of Snickers just to get the wrappers?

  17. fonetek says:

    34 year old Many???

  18. 180CS says:

    Okay, is it UP TO 10 years, or UP TO life?