A woman from Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, was detained after attempting to smuggle liquid methamphetamine (meth) across the Mexico-U.S. border inside dream catchers, according to reports.
The woman, 25, whose name has not been released, was traveling from Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, to Columbus, New Mexico last month when a drug-sniffing dog detected the drugs.
“This is one of the most unusual smuggling episodes we have ever encountered,” said Robert Reza, director of the Columbus Port of Entry. “Smugglers will try to conceal their drug loads in everyday items like soft drink cans, framed artwork and other seemingly innocent items. CBP utilizes numerous inspection techniques that help identify and stop these shipments.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection then found 1.6 pounds of liquid meth inside the rubber tubing that served as the dream catchers’ hoops. The woman was then released to the Department of Homeland Security and is expected to face smuggling charges.
Her daughters, ages 1 and 8, were also travelling inside the 2000 Dodge Neon and were later handed over to a relative.
In a tweet, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ranked the attempt number one in its “top weirdest and most memorable 20 seizures of 2016.”
One gram of meth is worth about $80, making the street value of the dream catchers around $36,000, according to website CrystalMethAddiction.org.
In December, Fox 7 KTBC in Austin reported that liquid meth is quickly becoming a preferred drug for smugglers.