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During routine Los Angeles traffic stop

US police seize 14 meth-filled 'burritos'

Drug dealers can be extremely creative when smuggling illegal substances, so Los Angeles police officers weren't surprised last weekend when they discovered 14 foil-wrapped packages disguised to look like burritos, actually containing 17 pounds of methamphetamine.

"Saturday evening, during a traffic stop in Angelino Heights, Ricardo Renteria (46) was pulled over for multiple traffic violations, including erratic driving. Officers searched the car after Renteria failed to provide a valid driver's license. In addition to the drugs, officers discovered a loaded handgun and a large amount of money.

With Americans spending an estimated $100 billion a year on illegal drugs, traffickers' attempts to smuggle have seemingly become more inventive. According to nzherald.co, border agents in June found $5 million worth of meth concealed in two trucks at the Texas border. One carried jalapeńos, the other transported cucumbers, according to US Customs and Border Protection officials. In July, Texas border agents seized more than $900,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine from a commercial trailer shipping tomatoes.

Publication date: 2/6/2018


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