From deer penis to Lost – Season 4 Pirated DVD’s, they tried it all – and got caught.
Photographed by Taryn Simon for her book and exhibition, “Contraband,” these items are some examples of what people try to smuggle into the USA, day in and day out, by plane and by mail. Want to see something gross? Scroll down!
1. Lard, sent from Ukraine.
2. GBL, A date rape drug, sent from Poland.
3. Unidentified liquid hidden in thermos and satin bedding.
4. Artillery King sexual enhancement drugs, from China.
5. Salami in plastic pitcher, from Eastern Europe.
6. Horse sausage from Eastern Europe.
7. Cycad plant from South Africa.
8. Enfield 1858 percussion pistol from Afghanistan.
9. Random pills from China.
10. Pharmaceutical drugs from Pakistan.
11. Peppers from Ghana.
12. Counterfeit Disney characters in nesting dolls.
13. Dry Khat leaves, from Kenya.
14. Ketamine bottles from India.
15. Hydrocodone, from India.
16. Heroin, from India.
17. Precious gemstones from Sri Lanka.
18. Counterfeit cologne brands.
19. Fake Viagra brand (USA Visagra) from China.
20. Deer antlers.
21. Cow dung toothpaste, from India.
22. Juan Lopez and Hoyo De Monterrey cigars from Cuba.
23. Marlboro cigarette packages.
24. Cow hoof bottle.
25. Bird corpse for home decor, from Indonesia.
26. Stalks of millet, from India.
27. Oxalis Tuberosa plant, from Indonesia.
28. Unlabeled liquid.
29. Natural sugarcane chewing gum, from Jamaica.
30. Unidentified dead mammal, from Indonesia.
31. Smoking accessories.
32. Steroids, from Pakistan.
33. Gold ornaments hidden in leather cases.
34. Insect larvae & butterfly pupae, from India.
35. Chicken feet, from China.
36. Unlabeled white powder.
37. Pirated DVDs of Lost, Season 4.
38. Guinea pigs, from Ecuador.
39. Fake drugs, from South Africa.
40. Counterfeit Patek Philippe watches, from China.
41. Gold dust in postal cover, from India.
42. Deer penis, from Asia.
43. Disguised counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags, from China.
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