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Drug Smuggling Schemes Around The World

First Posted: 01/29/11 11:32 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

This week's discovery of a "pot catapult" being prepped as a way of transporting marijuana across the Arizona-Mexico border is only the latest in a serious of ingenious methods employed by drug dealers and international traffickers.

Earlier this month, Colombia police captured a carrier pigeon trying to fly into a jail with marijuana and cocaine paste strapped to its back, while last December, a German man reportedly disguised his marijuana plant with festive ornaments and twinkling lights. Dogs, snakes and even sharks are just a few of the animals also found to have acted as drug mules.

Take a look at some wacky drug-smuggling methods around the world here:

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Earlier this year, Colombia police captured a carrier pigeon trying to fly into a Bucarmanga jail with marijuana and cocaine paste strapped to its back. Carrying a package with 40 grams of marijuana and 5 grams of a paste containing cocaine, the bird -- which police believe had been trained by inmates or accomplices -- appeared to be unable to successfully clear the prison walls.
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