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Meth smugglers have been busted for disguising drugs as Aztec sculptures.

Nate Freeman
Oct 19, 2018 2:55PM, via NBC Los Angeles

Methamphetamine disguised as an Aztec artifact. Courtesy the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Federal agents in southern California rounded up a number of drug smugglers who have been accused of sending methamphetamine to Hawaii using an unusual choice of mules: decorative Aztec statues and calendars. Eight of the alleged kingpins were arrested Tuesday, with a ninth already in custody due to an unrelated crime.

Among the Aztec icons they used as inspiration was a 500-year-old calendar stone, prosecutors said, according to a report in NBC Los Angeles. It was in the form of this vessel and others that the dealers attempted to ship 11.7 kilograms of meth to Hawaii as part of a nearly 90-pound shipment. They all face at least five years in prison.

Methamphetamine disguised as Aztec artifacts. Courtesy the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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