A 29 year-old man was recently arrested for smuggling cocaine into the United States from Georgetown, Guyana. Why, exactly, did he get caught? Oh, right: because he told guards he was bringing “cooked rabbit” into the country.
According to the New York Daily News, Roger Levans, a Yankee Stadium security guard, claimed on his Customs declaration that he was carrying food items. This, of course, signaled a red flag and he was questioned by U.S. Customs agents at JFK airport. His bags were X-rayed, and then inspectors searched the luggage by hand after seeing suspicious content on the monitor. And while the first two suitcases contained a variety of fruits and vegetables, the third contained not cooked rabbit, but three kilos (6.6 pounds) of cocaine wrapped in brown masking tape.
Now, this situation poses several questions. One would assume that a smuggler doesn’t want to draw attention to himself, so why exactly would he state that he was bringing in food products? And why cooked rabbit? It’s a well-known fact that U.S. Customs isn’t particularly warm and fuzzy to people bringing in meat products. Of all the things to say that you’re bringing into the United States, for the love of God, don’t say you’ve got cooked rabbit in your luggage. And even if you’ve actually got three kilos of rabbit rillettes, you still lie. And second, why bring two additional suitcases filled with fruits and vegetables from Guyana, another Customs no-no? Didn’t this man learn anything about smuggling from watching Locked Up Abroad?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 4, 2011