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Police Find $10 Million Worth of Cocaine Inside Horse’s Head

Law enforcement officers have no doubt seen it all when it comes to drug smuggling. But for police officers in New Zealand, they may have scored the biggest drug bust of a lifetime after finding $10 million worth of cocaine stuffed inside a bedazzled sculpture of a horse’s head.

Police and customs officials seized the artwork, weighing 880 pounds, after it arrived from Mexico in May. After opening up the horse, they discovered 35 bricks of high-grade cocaine inside.

Horse head-Jason Oxenham

Not exactly a trojan horse. | (Jason Oxenham)

“This is obviously an extremely large amount of cocaine, and in the past we’ve only found very small amounts of this drug,” said Colin Parmenter of the Organized Crime Auckland squad.

“Prior to this, the average amount of cocaine seized by police each year was around 250 grams. What this find tells us though is that there is obviously a demand for it,” said Parmenter.

Demand! I’ll say. The average was less than a pound and they confiscated more than 800 pounds. Do we know where that Chipotle executive has been vacationing for the past few months? Has Tony Montana been resurrected?

Three men were arrested on Friday in connection with the plot including a 56-year-old U.S. national and two Mexican nationals.

The crate the drugs came in had “fragile” written on it. Who knew it was for the blow instead of the horse.


Be Safe on the 4th of July

Sounds of fireworks going off in the distance have already begun. In fact, I heard one randomly about a month ago. But while the sight of sparklers and bottle rockets can be cool, they can also be dangerous (I sound like a parent).

Here’s a few statistics from last year’s Independence Day as provided by the Consumer Products and Safety Commission:

There were 11 firework-related deaths in 2015 including two that were homemade (Leave it to the professionals).

Children younger than 15 accounted for 26 percent of all 2015 injuries so instead of refilling your cooler with beer, keep an eye on your kids.

Fireworks safety-upperallenfire.com

Just say “yes” to firework safety. | (upperallenfire.com)

The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (Including a famous football player) so when you’re lighting those fireworks, keep them on the ground and away from trees or brush.

Most fireworks shoot up in the air obviously, but there’s always a few that stray from the pact. I once saw a woman get struck squarely in the butt on a beach in Yachats by one of those spinning fireworks. So while you can’t always pay attention, be mindful of ariel fireworks because the safety commission included numerous cases where people were struck in the face by errant fireworks.

Not included in the report but I would be remise if I didn’t mention it is DON’T LIGHT A FIREWORK OUT OF YOUR JUNK OR BUTT! I know, it’s a lot to ask and those YouTube videos are hilarious, but just don’t. Don’t be that guy.

Okay, my 4th of July public service announcement has concluded. Eat some barbeque, consume some beverages and have fun. But also be safe.


GoPro Captures Moment a Parachute Fails for Skydiver

One of the things on my bucket list is to go skydiving. It would be an amazing adrenaline rush and I know I would love the experience. But the one little caveat with such a wish is the possibility that you know, I might die.

There’s a reason parachutes have reserve chutes because anything can happen. For Oklahoma skydiver Daniel Herndon, that dreaded scenario played out and fortunately for all of us, it was captured on a GoPro camera.

Herndon and a fellow skydiver planned to fall out of the plane (They don’t really jump) and land at Taft Stadium where the Oklahoma City Energy and Chivas USA were scheduled to play a soccer match. Herndon was even tasked with holding the game ball and delivering it once he landed so he had an important job.

But while he was descending, he pulled his parachute only to discover that it was tangled. He quickly cut it loose and calmly activated his reserve chute and landed as planned.

“You don’t really have time to really react,” Herndon told KOCO, the local ABC station. “You just do what you have to do.”

After watching the video, he certainly handled the whole thing like a pro. Would I react the same way? Maybe I should just stick to roller coasters.