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  • In the underworld of smuggling, what type of agriculture exports best suit the mafia?

There’s nothing necessarily unique about smuggling illegal drugs in agriculture goods and food. In 2013, police in Morocco discovered that a truckload of tomatoes headed for France wasn’t quite “tomatoes,” but 10 tons of balled up hashish. Also in 2013, two 20-year-old British women were sentenced to six years in a Peruvian prison after stashing $1.5 million worth of cocaine inside various food packages (pork rinds included) and trying to smuggle it out of the Lima airport. And there’s seemingly no end to headlines involving Europe’s “garlic runners” that make millions each year from smuggled Chinese garlic.

But none of those fit the bill for the next Scorsese film like Lupio, the ‘Ndrangheta and Italian fish smugglers. Maybe De Niro and Pesci have found their next film.

 

*Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Sue Waters

 

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