Source: Robert Besser

SAN DIEGO, California: A methamphetamine smuggler attempted to cross the Mexico-U.S. border with a large amount of drugs disguised as onions, which impressed jaded federal officials with the suspect’s creativity.

The 46-year-old man, a citizen of Mexico, was arrested and handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

In a statement, Sidney Aki, the Director of Field Operations in San Diego for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said, “This was not only a clever attempt to try and smuggle in narcotics, one I have not seen before, but also time consuming to wrap narcotics into these small packages, designed to look like onions.”

Packed among real onions in the back of a tractor-trailer, the 1,197 packages of methamphetamines, weighing 1,336 pounds and valued at $2.9 million, were shaped into small globes with a white covering.

The drugs were discovered by K9 units at the Otay Mesa border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego.

“While we have certainly seen narcotics in produce before, it is unusual for us to see this level of detail in the concealment,” Aki added.