Oct 19
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Meth smugglers have been busted for disguising drugs as Aztec sculptures.
Methamphetamine disguised as an Aztec artifact. Courtesy the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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.

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