Last Saturday, local police arrested a Brooklyn, N.Y. man on heroin and cocaine drug charges. Juan Leonardo Pena, 34, was arrested at 1:10 p.m. near the Northshore Mall in Peabody on charges of trafficking heroin and cocaine, giving false identification to a police officer and a forged New York driver’s license. Police seized approximately $13,000 in cash and cocaine and heroin with a street value of $15,000 from Pena’s car.
The drugs were found in a sophisticated “drug hide” behind the car’s radio by a K9 unit from the Everett Police Department who assisted on the arrest. Police had followed Pena’s car from the downtown area after observing what they described as “suspicious activity”.
Drug hides have been used by many dealers attempting to transport their product and escape detection. One enterprising young lady tried to hide drugs in a false pregnant belly prosthetic. The Internet provides many suggestions for drug hides in various bodily orifices as well as locations in an automobile. It is recommended that dealers hide small amounts in a balloon in their mouth. If stopped by police you can swallow the balloon and either regurgitate it or defecate it out of your body later.
Other recommended hiding places include the nose (but sneezing is to be avoided), your ears, your anus or, if female, the vagina. Suggestions for hiding places within your car are the following:
1. Inside the fusebox
2. Under the center console
3. Under the shifter boot
4. Behind the stereo
5. Inside the steering wheel (older cars, where an airbag would be)
6. Under heaps of junk
7. Inside your hood insulation
8. Inside the car “smuggler box”
9. Inside a roll cage
10. Inside your battery
The problem with all of these suggestions is that a drug sniffing dog can discover the drugs in any of these settings.