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If we imagined to be investigators, certain places where drugs might be hidden would come to everyone’s mind: the false bottom of briefcase or the core of a walking stick. Yet, the imagination of the international traffickers goes far beyond such assumptions and renders them rather ridiculous, making us look like anticrime amateurs. They try to hide drugs, especially cocaine, in quite different places and only the skillfulness, professionalism, and intuition of the men and women from the Revenue Guard Corps of the Fiumicino airport succeed in this feat. Because it is a truly a feat: no one would think to look for drugs inside a tangerine. Yet, such things do happen. Loads of fruits are carefully prepared by removing the pulp from and filling them properly.

Yet, this is not the most absurd thing police has seen transiting through the airport: a load of coffee, for instance, where inside the bags of coffee… there was coffee, but with the particularity that the little crack of every single grain individual grain was filled with white powder. A huge and meticulous work to make a large quantity of drugs through customs and later sell it on the Italian market, once they recover their “material”. Or else, rubber tubes – appropriately packed with drugs – inserted into the seams of the suitcases, or in the core of the extendable bars of the trolleys. Or liquid cocaine inside liquor bottles or used to soak cloths to pass check points; once this stuff reaches its destination, it is recovered through a sophisticated method that makes it visible (and usable) again, extracting it from the tissue.

Drugs can be found also inside packages of cheese and chocolate bars of well-known brands, whose original packaging must have been stolen from the warehouses of the manufacturers. Even a simple rolling pin for dough or a small cutting board for cheese, all of which are made of wood, can work as a shell for drugs. These operations are perfect from a technical point of view, almost impossible to see even for an experienced eye. Luckily, Revenue Guard Corps has its own methods and their fist occasionally closes around the criminals.

But why do they risk so much for little amounts of drugs? The answer is: because this “little” is not in economic terms. Just do the math: one kilo of pure cocaine on the black market can be worth around 650,000 euros, whereas a classic ‘‘brick’’ – up to one million. So, they try to make it sneak every possible way: blankets padding, shoes soles, like bra stuffing, even as a film inside the old 33 rpm disks, passed off as didactic material for collectors and enthusiasts. Yet, those who “play” are usually the traffickers themselves.

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