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   Undertoad  Tuesday Oct 30 08:20 AM

October 30, 2007: Cocaine guitar



via a blog called Audioporncentral;

Quote:
A 30-something guy flew from Costa Rica to Fiumicino airport in Rome with a guitar (a black Squier Strat, with the label still on the scratchplate) and 10 thermos flasks in his luggage. The customs official noticed white powder leaking out of the guitar which tested positive for cocaine. Cocaine in solution was also found in the thermos flasks - a total of 2.5m Euros worth.
What strikes me is how much trouble they went to, to create this thing, only to have it fail because it leaked. The incompetence! Always use a qualified guitar technician for major work.


glatt  Tuesday Oct 30 08:40 AM

It looks like they did a good job making it, but didn't account for the lack of pressure in the luggage compartment of a jet. The pressure differential between the pressurized cocaine packet and the depressurized luggage compartment was too great, and wisps of air, carrying white powder, came out of the guitar.

I wonder how they made it? It looks like a fiberglass shell that's been painted. If they use a mold to crank these out, now customs knows what to look for in the future.



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Oct 30 09:22 AM

Now if they could make the guitar vibrate they would have the greatest hat trick ever! Sex, drugs and rock and roll!



TheMercenary  Tuesday Oct 30 09:34 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
Now if they could make the guitar vibrate they would have the greatest hat trick ever! Sex, drugs and rock and roll!
Good one.


SteveDallas  Tuesday Oct 30 10:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
What strikes me is how much trouble they went to, to create this thing, only to have it fail because it leaked. The incompetence! Always use a qualified guitar technician for major work.
This reminds me of Look Me in the Eye by John Robison, which I just read. Robison designed custom guitars for KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, including axes that would light up, (apparently) catch on fire and belch smoke, or shoot rockets.


ZenGum  Tuesday Oct 30 10:20 AM

Mediocre smuggling effort IMHO.
My favorite was maybe 8 or 10 years ago, dudes in the golden triangle mixed heroin with a bit of glue and pressed it into decorative shapes and shipped it as ceiling moldings. Hiding in plain sight. Nice try ... except that I saw it on the evening news...



glatt  Tuesday Oct 30 10:31 AM

Unfortunately, we'll never know about the really good ones that work.



Diaphone Jim  Tuesday Oct 30 11:56 AM

This is my first post and I have to say the process is more cumbersome than I expected.
In keeping with the gustatory theme common here, I think that the filling looks like cream cheese or perhaps a puffball mushroom.
Also, it should be noted that everything inside the fuselage of a pressurized aircraft is equally pressurized, including the luggage compartment. It would be pretty tough on shipped animals if not.



glatt  Tuesday Oct 30 12:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim View Post
Also, it should be noted that everything inside the fuselage of a pressurized aircraft is equally pressurized, including the luggage compartment. It would be pretty tough on shipped animals if not.
Cool. I didn't realize that. Makes sense, what with the round shape and all.


ZenGum  Tuesday Oct 30 12:14 PM

Welcome Diaphone Jim!

Is that username a play on Diamond Jim?



Diaphone Jim  Tuesday Oct 30 12:39 PM

It comes from an interest in Diaphone Air Horns, big ones (Types F and G) for fog signals and smaller ones (Types B and C) for fire department and emergency alerting systems.



BigV  Tuesday Oct 30 02:04 PM

Not to mention telephone touch tones.

Welcome, sir. Stay a while.



toranokaze  Tuesday Oct 30 02:44 PM

This is up there with the Black PVC smuggling.



monster  Tuesday Oct 30 04:43 PM

I think UT's stringing us along on this one. It looks like licorice filled with sherbert. All we need is Bertie Basset. My mate likes to pick out weird sweets like this, If I knew where to find them, I'd guitar one, the little strum-pet.



Clodfobble  Tuesday Oct 30 06:23 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim
Also, it should be noted that everything inside the fuselage of a pressurized aircraft is equally pressurized, including the luggage compartment. It would be pretty tough on shipped animals if not.
Sure, but people don't realize the pressure inside the cabin is still a lot lower than on the ground. My cheap (poorly-sealed) toiletry bottles always come out all collapsed and sucked thin. And for god's sake don't ever fly with bad congestion in your ears.


think-floyd  Tuesday Oct 30 10:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SteveDallas View Post
... designed custom guitars for KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, including axes that would light up, (apparently) catch on fire and belch smoke, or shoot rockets.
Which reminds me why i hate kiss...

If your guitar needs to fire rockets to entertain people, you're not playing it right.


Elspode  Wednesday Oct 31 01:37 AM

I dunno...Keith Emerson had a ribbon controller for his giant Moog that shot flames, plus, he could play the shit out of it to boot.



Scriveyn  Wednesday Oct 31 03:36 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim View Post
... I think that the filling looks like cream cheese...
my first thought: another new species of deep sea fish
my second thought: no, wait - a big cheese

the cellar way of thinking is getting to me


rupip  Wednesday Oct 31 04:31 AM

why black?

what i wonder in first place is why they decided to build a BLACK guitar, for hiding WHITE powder.

if they would have decided in favour of the - much more beautiful - white stratocaster nobody would have seen a small leak.

amateurs!!



danman_d  Wednesday Oct 31 06:40 AM

What baffles me is the fact that they wanted to be discreet so badly that they built a coke-carrying guitar body, but still were OK with putting TEN THERMOSES full of cocaine in the luggage! Why not just put 12 thermoses of coke in the luggage, and skip the whole guitar business altogether?

...not rockstar enough?



Coign  Wednesday Oct 31 11:17 AM

I was crossing the border at Tijuana, Mexico coming back from an all -night bender. To cross the border you walk through this granite civil building as you go through customs.

This guy was carrying two ceramic black panthers under each arm. One slipped out and shattered on the ground. Bags of coke exploded like a white Hiroshima nuke.

I swear I only saw two customs agents but as soon as the coke bomb dropped like 20 guys mystically appeared and tackled that guy's ass and started beating him right there in the middle of the building.

Most awesome border crossing EVER!



ZenGum  Wednesday Oct 31 12:02 PM

I notice this thread has drawn a few infrequent posters out of the woodwork. Maybe we need a two-for-one special offer or something. I wonder what it was about this thread in particular?



Shawnee123  Wednesday Oct 31 12:18 PM

Duh, the coke!



glatt  Wednesday Oct 31 12:20 PM

I never thought of Italians as being the type to do coke. I guess it's kind of obvious in hindsight, what with all the cappuccino they inhale.



Shawnee123  Wednesday Oct 31 12:37 PM

Seen along the shore of the Gulf of Naples:



Shawnee123  Wednesday Oct 31 12:40 PM

~snip

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
What strikes me is how much trouble they went to, to create this thing, only to have it fail because it leaked. The incompetence!
They must not have tested the O-rings at the lower temperatures.


ZenGum  Wednesday Oct 31 01:07 PM

Hotdang, Shawnee, you're posting some funny stuff today. I am glad you're about.



Shawnee123  Wednesday Oct 31 01:07 PM

Why thankee!



ViennaWaits  Wednesday Oct 31 03:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
My mate likes to pick out weird sweets like this, If I knew where to find them, I'd guitar one, the little strum-pet.
I'm not worthy.



Sundae  Wednesday Oct 31 05:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
Sure, but people don't realize the pressure inside the cabin is still a lot lower than on the ground. My cheap (poorly-sealed) toiletry bottles always come out all collapsed and sucked thin. And for god's sake don't ever fly with bad congestion in your ears.
Aye - when I went skiing I took some Pot Noodles with me (high carb low fat just-add-water meals in plastic cup containers with foil lids) just as backup. When I took them from my suitcase the thin foil lid on each of them was bulging. I only ate one in the end, but that opened with a discernible POP!


aero geek  Wednesday Oct 31 07:44 PM

True. As a pilot I can say that supplemental oxygen is only required above 10,000ft by law and by not pressurizing to sea level, this saves wear and tear on the airframe. I believe they pressurize the cabin to a maximum equivalent of 8000ft so if you live in Mexico City you will already be accustomed to it. For myself, it just seems to make me sleepy, hungry and thirsty. :p



HungLikeJesus  Wednesday Oct 31 08:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by aero geek View Post
True. As a pilot I can say that supplemental oxygen is only required above 10,000ft by law and by not pressurizing to sea level, this saves wear and tear on the airframe. I believe they pressurize the cabin to a maximum equivalent of 8000ft so if you live in Mexico City you will already be accustomed to it. For myself, it just seems to make me sleepy, hungry and thirsty. :p

ag - weed is not the answer.


DanaC  Wednesday Oct 31 08:14 PM

Mmm...I could just eat a Pot Noodle....they really are spanking gorgeous.



Cloud  Wednesday Oct 31 08:53 PM

okay, this is what I think: The coke guitar was made less for smuggling purposes than for a high-end user. Think how awesome that would be laid out at a party.

Uh, that would be a criminal type party. With gangsters and rock stars and stuff. I go to 'em all the time..

Okay, that's an awful lot of coke for a party, but I've seen pictures of drugs made into birds and other objects for fancy users.

AND . . . the beach shot? -- fish spunk.



deadbeater  Thursday Nov 1 09:54 PM

Man the art of hiding drugs in things is lost today. They should have done what the American Gangster did and hide drugs in the coffins of the Afghan war dead.



tw  Friday Nov 2 07:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by deadbeater View Post
Man the art of hiding drugs in things is lost today.
Art? The kid of Andy Reid - NFL Philadelphia Eagles' head coach - pushed 89 pills up his anus so as to have sufficient drugs while in prison. The drugs were later found in his cell during an inspection. Where is the art in hiding drugs? Is the art in cleaning drugs before swallowing them?

BTW, back in jail are both Reid boys who are from the same town where another kid tried to Columbine the local high school. Is this an artsy town?


SPUCK  Sunday Nov 4 04:31 AM

Looks like we need a name change.
IoTD just isn't cutting it anymore.

How about IoTW?



BrianR  Sunday Nov 4 11:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by aero geek View Post
True. As a pilot I can say that supplemental oxygen is only required above 10,000ft by law and by not pressurizing to sea level, this saves wear and tear on the airframe. I believe they pressurize the cabin to a maximum equivalent of 8000ft so if you live in Mexico City you will already be accustomed to it. For myself, it just seems to make me sleepy, hungry and thirsty. :p
Aero geek is correct. Commercial jetliners are pressurised to 8000 feet, and while this rarely causes problems with the usual carry-on things such as toothpaste and potato chip bags, it CAN cause certain things to burst. Over pressurised cans, home canning, and butane lighters for example.


wolf  Monday Nov 5 01:01 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim View Post
It comes from an interest in Diaphone Air Horns, big ones (Types F and G) for fog signals and smaller ones (Types B and C) for fire department and emergency alerting systems.
That is truly an unusual interest. You'll fit right in here. Welcome.


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