Woman Tries To Smuggle “Chicken” Into U.S. — Then Customs Takes a Closer Look

A New Jersey woman returned to the United States from Mexico with a few cooked chickens in her baggage. The unusual addition to her luggage brought the attention of U.S. Customs agents. Once they discovered what she was really carrying, she ended up in hot water.

A New Jersey woman tried to bring cooked “chickens” back from Mexico City. (Photo Credit: HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images, Krista/Flickr)

Emma Soriano is a 61-year-old native of Passaic, New Jersey. Recently, she was flying back into the United States from Mexico City. That alone should have sent up red flags. Mexico City is hardly a reputable place to spend a vacation. How many Americans are spending their hard-earned cash to summer in a city South of the border known for rampant crime and violence?

Still, we can’t hold everyone who travels to Mexico accountable for the country’s crimes. There are good people who come from our Southern neighbor. But, like everyone else, they must go through security to ensure they and other travelers are safe and to make sure no funny business is going on.

According to reports, Soriano was passing through security as she disembarked John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. No doubt she was on her way back to New Jersey. With her luggage, she carried two packages. At first glance, they looked like cooked chicken — an unusual item to be bringing back from Mexico — but hardly illegal, right?

Something made U.S. Customs double check her parcels. They were quickly vindicated. As it turns out, Ms. Soriano was not bringing home a few birds for Sunday dinner. Those cooked “chickens” were in fact packages of heroin. They had been disguised to look like harmless chickens. But, they were worth far more than a mere $9.95.

Investigators have arrested a New Jersey woman after she allegedly tried to bring heroin through airport security in packages resembling cooked chicken.

Sixty-one-year-old Emma Soriano of Passaic was apprehended Sunday after landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport with nearly 10 pounds of heroin worth upwards of $300,000 in street value, NJ.com reported.

Soriano, a U.S. citizen, was reportedly returning to New York on a flight from Mexico City when U.S. Customs and Border Protection found the 9.7 pounds of heroin in her luggage.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York is now handling the case.

The 61-year-old is reportedly facing federal narcotics charges. [Source: Fox News]

Talk about being inventive. I’ve heard of all kinds of ways people try to smuggle drugs into the U.S. I’ve never seen someone try to pass heroin off as chicken, though. I guess this woman expected security to be incredibly lax. Or, she thought that her packages would fool even the most diligent of inspectors.

Take a look at the pictures above. Those don’t look very appetizing. If I were a security agent in an airport, those would stand out. I wouldn’t think, “Oh, it’s just oddly-shaped packages of chicken. Move along!”

I’m pretty sure there are strict rules about bringing food into the country from foreign places. Maybe they give a pass for chickens, but generally speaking, this was a bad idea all around. They would have wanted to inspect the chickens, even if they were harmless chickens. Clearly, Soriano didn’t think this one through.

But, why would a 61-year-old lady try to do this? No reports indicate she had a criminal record. Was this a mistake? Was she desperate for some quick cash? Obviously, we are not dealing with a criminal mastermind. Now, she faces serious consequences for her actions. It could hardly be worth it. Let this be a lesson to the rest of the 60+ population of America: stick to real chickens. The fake kind just ain’t worth the risk.

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