1. Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.

US arrests traveller who 'hid cocaine in Easter eggs'

By Guttz, Dec 28, 2010 | |
  1. Guttz
    US officials say they have arrested a man who tried to smuggle cocaine into the country hidden in fake Easter eggs.

    Esteban Galtes, 23, was arrested at Los Angeles airport on Thursday after federal agents found more than 6kg (13lb 3oz) of the drug in his luggage.

    Much of it was hidden inside coloured candy eggs, which he said he was taking for his children.

    If convicted on drug trafficking charges, he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

    Mr Galtes, who lives in Miami, was returning to the US from a one-week trip to Colombia.

    The cocaine had an estimated street value of more than $100,000 (£64,400).

    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said their suspicions were raised by the sight of Easter eggs in a traveller's luggage two days before Christmas.

    "Drug traffickers are always trying novel ways to conceal their contraband," ICE agent Claude Arnold said.

    "But cocaine camouflaged as Easter candy is one of the more unusual tactics we've come across."

    28 December 2010


To make a comment simply sign up and become a member!