Caught at Dulles Customs

Travelers coming through Dulles International Airport regularly try to sneak in weird packages -- dead, alive, occasionally cooked. Here's a look at some of the more memorable busts by Dulles Customs and Border Patrol agents.

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A dormant 60 mm mortar round was confiscated Aug. 4, 2013, from a man entering the country and headed to Denver.
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In July 2013, customs confiscated two knives disguised as other objects -- a cross and a key.
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Custom officials seized more than 11 pounds of heroin concealed inside a Ghanian woman's suitcase on Christmas Eve. They had a busy Christmas travel season in 2012.
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Khat is an illegal stimulant from the Middle East. This batch - 200 pounds' worth - was seized at Dulles airport on Dec. 21.
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Cocaine in a jar of stew, found Dec. 17, 2012.
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Cocaine hidden in packages of beef soup and a molasses-like candy were seized at Dulles Sept. 22, 2012.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles International Airport found cocaine inside double-walled jars of cream and honey Sept. 15, 2012.
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In April 2012, Customs and Border Protection officers discovered four pounds of cocaine tucked away in six chocolate bars and six drink boxes.
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In April 2012, Customs and Border Protection officers discovered four pounds of cocaine tucked away in six chocolate bars and six drink boxes.
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A record was set at Dulles Airport in March 2012: the most heroin ever recovered from a human stomach. Officers arrested a Nigerian woman who'd allegedly ingested 180 thumb-sized pellets of heroin. That's four pounds, 12 ounces.
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Not obvious at all: Heroin concealed in the linings of four pairs of "sporting pants."
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In May 2011, customs agents intercepted 90 pounds of curried sheep, spread across six bags being carried by an Ethiopian man. He was allowed to continue to Seattle, but his sheep meat was destroyed.
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Some of the $48,000 in undeclared currency a woman was caught with Dec. 9, 2011.
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One inventive attempt to smuggle drugs through Dulles: bedpost knobs filled with cocaine in October 2011.
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A sharp-eyed x-ray inspector noticed something strange with these bedpost knobs brought into the country from El Salvador.
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Clever, but CBP wasn't fooled.
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The latest in junkie accessories: heroin legwarmers. A woman was caught in October 2009 at Dulles Airport carrying 1.4 pounds of heroin strapped to her legs, with an estimated street value of $44,000.
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In September 2010, Customs officials were surprised to discover 14 giant African snails.
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The 97 pellets of heroin pictured here were hidden inside a Nigerian man's stomach. Authorities said they add up to three pounds, two ounces, about $100,000 on the street.
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On April 4, 2010, two travelers from Ghana received fines for failing to declare the food products they had in their luggage: two pounds of an African healing herb, and four pounds of cooked cow's feet.
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In December 2009, authorities discovered more than 60 grams of cocaine... inside a fully cooked chicken. Unfortunately, this chicken's unique blend of 11 herbs and spices included a white powdery substance. The cocaine had an estimated street value of $4,300.
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That same weekend, an Ethiopian man was fined $300 for failing to declare the "food products" he was carrying in his suitcases: seven pounds of cooked antelope meat and crocodile.
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Drug traffickers got a Customs K-9 in their soup in February 2009. Two men from El Salvador tried to hide seven kilograms of cocaine in Maggi brand chicken noodle soup mix. In a separate incident, more cocaine soup was discovered in June 2010.
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In December 2010, Customs officials found what could be a starter set for an aspiring wizard: a dried out hedgehog, two dessicated chameleons, an elephant tail, and the skin of a genet, a predatory cat. The owner was coming from Guatemala.
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A six-legged invader was clinging to flowers coming into Dulles, originally from Kenya. The bug, Conostethus venustus Fieber from the family Miridae, is known to have a voracious appetite. It was destroyed, along with the flowers.
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This bra was a cocaine bust. A D.C. woman was caught stuffing her bra with almost three pounds of narcotics. The drugs were intercepted by Dulles Customs' colleagues up in Baltimore in 2009.
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Authorities found two bags containing a total of 20 small raw chickens in a cooler that a Vietnamese man claimed as baggage April 22, 2013. The defeathered chickens -- possibly Chinese Silkies -- had a dark bluish-grey to blackened skin and feet.
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