• Apr 25, 2013
We've seen very creative ways to smuggle drugs across a border with a motorized vehicle (including faux rally trucks) but most don't involve innocent citizens. Giving all of us yet another reason to peer beneath our rides before we travel, innovative Mexican smugglers recently used powerful magnets to hold five-pound bundles of marijuana to the underside of an unsuspecting driver's car as she commuted to her job.

The 33-year-old woman, who lives in Mexico and travels across the border to San Diego for work, became suspicious at the end of her early morning commute when two men approached her car. The men, unaware she was still sitting inside, ran to a nearby black sedan after being startled. After the woman contacted police, the authorities found six packages (totaling 30 pounds) of the illegal drugs wrapped tightly in duct tape and held in place by a series of magnets.

Police don't know who placed the bags, or who was sent to retrieve them. An investigation continues, but no arrests have been made.


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      Focused Driver
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey! I just thought of a way to pay for a life-defining road trip through China!
      rcavaretti
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey, good use of old hard drive magnets. Mine just sit on the fridge...
        chromal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rcavaretti
        Haha, I noticed that too. Those are totally HDD magnets.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      She should have got the black car's plate number.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Somebody in the Mexican drug cartel was watching Cheech and Chong's "Up in Smoke" :)
      Autoblogist
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just legalized it already, fu*ck!
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Cross border smuggling of drugs by criminal cartels will never be legal. Nor should it ever be legal.
          Autoblogist
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          I see you totally misunderstood the point of legalization. Think harder....
        peaceinmiddleeast
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Autoblogist
        In time bro, In time. It's about to be passed in Michigan!!
        TelegramSam
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Relax, we only prosecute people of color for drug possession. Unless some rich person has an axe to grind, against you, then you're screwed.
      Ken
      • 1 Year Ago
      She is incredibly lucky it wasn't found by the border guards. I don't think they are going to believe the old "I don't know how it got there" defense, even though it happens to be true in this case.
      peaceinmiddleeast
      • 1 Year Ago
      We are about to witness a major change in Marijuana policies. Government is realizing that the billions wasted in arresting and prosecuting non violent Marijuana offenders and anyone who wants it can get it. And studies have repeatedly proved it's safer than alcohol. And they tried to take away alcohol in the past as well.
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @peaceinmiddleeast
        Yes, and other studies show it causes brain damage, and more lung damage than tobacco.
          Sir Duke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dukeisduke
          Please cite the study. History shows that Queen Victoria used it to relieve menstrual cramps (she was probably so baked, she felt no pain. Before the FBI created the "boogie-man" dope addict PSAs, marijuana then known as hemp was widely smoked at parties at other social gatherings.
      SLR722GT
      • 1 Year Ago
      The article should say, Woman KNOWINGLY smuggles pot over border beneath her car. She's not fooling anyone.
        Firefly
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SLR722GT
        ...so you would knowingly call the police on yourself? Were you born that thick-headed or did you acquire it somewhere down the line?
      Wally SirFatty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hard drive magnets....
        Afrosheenix
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wally SirFatty
        Don't know why you got down voted. Those are indeed magnets from hard drives.
      Taint
      • 1 Year Ago
      She messed up. The mexican cartel don't play and will come after her. I would have taken my cut and been on my way. BTW, does anyone know whether Mexico has any thrax/loud. It's all probably dirt.
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        You take your "cut", and you just became an employee of the cartel. You're naive if you think that this is a one time deal. They will ride you until you get busted by border patrol.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 1 Year Ago
      The crescent shaped magnets on top are neodymium magnets from inside computer hard drives. Very strong rare earth magnets. I recognized them because I have disassembled old hard drives to get them myself for putting on the outside of my oil filter so that it can collect steel particles too small to filter (such products exist in the aftermarket but this is a cheap alternative).
        Soul Shinobi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Soul Shinobi
        A write up a friend of mine did on this can be found here http://www.carbibles.com/engineoil_bible_pg2.html under "Magnetised oil traps - doing it yourself".
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Tomás Hermosillo
        We made the marijuana that u smoke, please dont come with that. Stupid as i say that this is a reason to not go to USA because there are a lot of junkies, honestly i dont care.
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