Desperate methods used by dealers to hide drugs from police

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Last week Liverpool Crown Court heard how a drugs runner attempted to hide his illicit goods by stashing them in a box of jalapenos.

Kayne Kennedy was leaving a cafe in Warrington when he was stopped by two police officers.

The 20-year-old tried to run off and then threw the box of jalapeno chilllies he was holding on to the floor.

Inside the box were 36 individual wraps of crack cocaine worth a total of £360.

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Kennedy, of Whitland Drive in Oldham, was jailed for 30 months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Kayne Kennedy jailed for drug offences

The attempt to conceal drugs in a box of jalapenos is just the latest bizarre effort to evade police to have been heard in cases linked to dealers connected to Merseyside.

Kinder Eggs

The region's courts – and police officers – have seen it all when it comes to criminals desperately trying to hide their possessions.

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One of the most common containers used to stash drugs is the plastic capsule found inside Kinder Eggs.

From covert street dealing to sneaking past sniffer dogs the bright yellow capsules are often used by dealers trying to escape the law.

Drugs seized by detectives who busted a Liverpool to Preston drugs ring – found in a kinder surprise egg

But despite their innocent appearance the eggs have failed to stop those using them being caught at airport lounges, rail stations and in house raids.

Courts have heard how they have been stashed up bums, hidden in the lining of clothes and secreted in pockets over the years – in every case containing drugs tied up in bags and ready to be sold.

Breadsticks

Moving onto bigger consignments, a range of goods have been used to hide drugs among over the years.

One Merseyside drugs "fixer" was jailed after a gang was caught using breadsticks to hide heroin in a plot that was busted in 2013.

He had been a key member of an international heroin ring, acting as a fixer for a Scottish drugs gang boss and helped to arrange for 75lb of heroin to be concealed in a lorry load of breadsticks making its way from Greece to Scotland.

Italian police made the discovery as the lorry passed through the port of Bari and enabled authorities in the UK to snare the “untouchable” crime gang, which included a woman who posed as a Greek TV personality.

Tesco bag for life

Drugs found hidden supermarket bags during a raid at a house on St Oswalds Avenue on the Beechwood estate

In March, police found drugs hidden in a Tesco bag for life during a raid at a house on Wirral.

Officers carried out a warrant at the home on St Oswalds Avenue, on the Beechwood estate, and found around £200,000 worth of class A and B drugs which had been vacuum packed and hidden inside supermarket bags in the bedroom.

Helicopters

In this case helicopters were used to smuggle drugs in an audacious trafficking plot led by Birkenhead gang leader Lance Kennedy.

His crew booked holiday homes in the south of England and then flew huge quantities of Class A drugs to the land around them in helicopters.

Lance Kennedy

The landing locations were booked on common private flight paths in a bid to evade suspicion.

But the gang were eventually busted and Kennedy jailed.

Paprika

A multi-million pound haul of cocaine – destined for Liverpool – was smuggled inside sacks of paprika powder.

Forty-five kilos of cocaine was discovered in the Port of Rotterdam in August 2012 among a shipment of spices bound for Merseyside.

Investigators watched as the drugs were replaced with a dummy consignment and sent on their way via Tilbury Docks in Essex.

A man was spotted unloading a lorry containing the sacks at Liverpool docks.

But six people charged over the alleged offence walked free from court when the prosecution offered no evidence.

Vegetables

Suspected members of an international organised crime group responsible for importing in excess of 50 tonnes of drugs worth billions of pounds into the UK from the Netherlands have been arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation.

Last year the National Crime Agency targeted a criminal organisation said be worth billions of pounds.

The force said they had targeted an organised crime group said to be importing heroin, cocaine and cannabis into the country through front companies – with drugs found hidden in lorries carrying vegetables.

Two men from Merseyside are among those charged in connection with the investigation.

Pineapples

Cocaine destined for Liverpool was once found hidden in a shipment of pineapples from Costa Rica.

Drugs squad officers in Rotterdam were said to have found 106kgs of cocaine – valued at £17m – among the consignment of fruit in 2011.

The drugs were then removed with the shipment sent on its way and tracked by police.

Lynx Africa and de-icer

The drugs inside a can of De-Icer found inside a taxi in St Helens

Earlier this year, cocaine was found hidden inside a can of Lynx Africa and cannabis stuffed within a can of de-icer when police moved in on suspected dealers.

Officers on patrol made the innovative discovery when they stopped a taxi in St Helens.

During the search, on Garswood Road, they found bags of the Class B drug and quantities of the Class A white powder hidden inside the cans.

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