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Foosball table stuffed with marijuana the latest plot to be sniffed out at border

From bags of marijuana stuffed into a foosball table to liquid cocaine concealed in orange juice, smugglers are going to creative lengths to get drugs into America.

Creative but failed attempts to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a Canadian woman trying to cross the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge border crossing, just north of Niagara falls, with what turned out to be a foosball table packed with marijuana. (U.S. Custom and Border Protection)

Miranda Ferron, a 33-year-old Canadian, told U.S. border officers at a Niagara Falls crossing she was headed stateside to buy a Powerball ticket.

Her trip on Jan. 13 was cut short after customs officers using sniffer dogs turned up 50 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana stuffed in the foosball table in the back of her van. The stash was valued at about $60,000. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

A sled-pulling Quebec man's drug run to Vermont was stopped.

On the same day of the foiled foosball smuggle, Cedrik Bourgault-Morin was arrested crossing into Vermont from Quebec while pulling 300 bags of Xanax (a prescription anti-anxiety medication) on a sled. Border agents said he was wearing white camouflage.

Drugs smuggled in fruits, veggies not uncommon on U.S. border with Mexico. 

On Jan. 10, a shipment of carrots from Mexico was stopped at a Texas border crossing where U.S. border officers found more than a tonne of marijuana wrapped in carrot-shaped packs. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Last month, at the same Texas crossing, a shipment of marijuana was found in crates of tomatoes.

A week before that another load of carrots — this time concealing cocaine — was also seized.

Before Christmas, two Ontario men were arrested for smuggling liquid cocaine in orange juice.

Canada Border Services Agency officers in Halifax found the juice cartons, over 40 of them, in a shipment from Trinidad and Tobago. In December, after a month-long investigation, two Ontario men linked to the shipment (one from Whitby and the other from Mississauga) were arrested at Pearson airport. 

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