This Robotic Barnacle Scans Ships' Hulls Looking for Contraband

Big ports have always struggled to keep an eye on every single ship that passes through their waters—especially the part of the boat that's underwater. Now, there's a new sort of robotic barnacle that can stealthily slide along the hulls of incoming ships and scan for hidden compartments where smugglers hide their… » 9/26/14 3:45pm 9/26/14 3:45pm

A Man Was Caught Smuggling Almost 14 Percent of an Entire Species

Last week at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok authorities arrested a Thai man after discovering 54 Ploughshare Tortoises in a suitcase he retrieved from a luggage carousel. That's a lot of tortoises, particularly when you consider that the Ploughshare is one of the rarest species on the planet,… » 3/28/13 2:20pm 3/28/13 2:20pm

13 Shockingly Creative Ways Drugs Have Crossed the Border

Let's clear this up right now: drugs are bad, smuggling is a crime, drug lords and their traffickers are black-hearted, vicious, malignant persons. But you have to admit: they're pretty damn creative. And the means they've used to get their product to their customers through the years are nothing short of… » 3/19/13 10:00am 3/19/13 10:00am

This 100-ft Long Sub Was Built To Carry 8 Tons of Colombian Cocaine

When you need to transport eight tons of cocaine across international waters, you can't exactly just pay an extra baggage fee. So Colombian drug lords did the sensible—and trendy—thing: they spent 4,000 million pesos (approx $2.2 million) to build their own drug-trafficktacular submersible. » 2/14/11 9:20pm 2/14/11 9:20pm