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Border bunglers: 10 odd smuggling attempts foiled by US agents

Smugglers are known for their ingenuity in getting drugs across the US-Mexico border. But illicit drugs are just a few of the illegal products – from the exotic to the mundane – that people attempt to sneak into the US everyday. Here are 10 examples of creative ways people tried to sneak something past Customs.

By Lourdes Medrano, Staff writer

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When trying to smuggle a dove in to the US, an empty bird cage can be a dead giveaway.

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1. Drunk birds

Birds of all feathers often capture unwanted attention at the border. To subdue the creatures, people sometimes give them alcohol or medication. Not long ago, a woman nestled four doves inside her jacket as she walked past customs inspectors, who intercepted the flock. Maybe the empty bird cage in her hand gave the woman away. 

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