Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Books Can Get You in Big Trouble

We've all seen those hollowed-out books that some people supposedly use to hide valuables among the books on their shelves. Those probably work pretty well because the vast majority of burglars are too stupid to read and a bookshelf is like a burglar scarecrow. The problem comes when someone tries to make an international shipment of "valuables" using the same technique.

The Dayton Daily News has the story in brief:
Federal authorities say they have found 7.75 kilograms of heroin hidden inside hollowed-out books shipped to southwestern Ohio from Iran.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said more than 17 pounds of heroin, with an estimated value of $1 million, was in four shipments of two books, each bound for Toronto.
I'm not sure why the enriched-books were shipped via Ohio, but there are some guys in Toronto and Iran wearing big frowns today. You have to love it.


  1. Wait! You mean the dogs can smell contraband through paper?

    Rats. There goes my idea to smuggle serrano ham in a candy box.