Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hide & Seek

Let’s take a brief break from the seriousness of our daily business and enjoy a little game of hide and seek. Drug traffickers are getting more creative as they will try almost anything to smuggle illegal drugs into the U.S. Now you can take a few minutes to turn off your law-abiding citizen’s brain and temporarily convert it into the ingenious mind of a drug smuggler. Thinking like a criminal, answer the following question.

Where would you hide cocaine, marijuana or other illegal drugs so that they could be imported without CBP Officers finding it? All types of strange places have been used for drug smuggling, so you need to come up with something new.

A. Stuffed in snakes that had the proper Cites Permits for Fish & Wildlife
B. Packed in the tires of your car
C. Hidden in your favorite DVD
D. Stuffed inside frozen sharks
E. Mixed inside large bags of M&M candies
F. All of the above
G. None of the above

This was a trick question. Don’t worry; this is one question you won’t likely see on the Customs Broker Exam! Notice the question asked where “you” would hide the illegal drugs. We know that “you” would never do something illegal and risk your career, so option G might be the best answer. However, we did ask you to think like a criminal and select an answer, so that might make Answer F the correct option. If you selected Answer G, then you can go back to your job now since “you” would not try to smuggle illegal drugs. If you selected Answer F, there may be a new career in drug smuggling waiting for you. Just think, you can set your own hours, wear casual clothes and travel. If you get caught, you’ll be served three meals a day while residing in government housing – the kind with bars on the windows.

We hope you enjoyed this game of Hide & Seek and learned a little about some of the many creative ways criminals try to smuggle drugs into the U.S. Join us on Thursday for another helpful tip on taking the Customs Broker Exam!

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