One of the traffickers’ favorite methods is called “gancho ciego,” which translates to “blind hook,” said Yarbrough. It involves breaking the seal on an ocean container, placing illegal drugs inside, then resealing the container with a duplicate, fake seal.
Use of this tactic is on the rise, remarked Yarbrough. During the first half of this year alone, the “blind hook” was discovered 24 times, compared to 29 times in all of 2012.
Traffickers seem to favor the “blind hook” because they don’t have to hack into ports’ computer systems or deal with corrupt port officials, explained Yarbrough, who added that BSI records roughly one shipment per week at European ports that use this tactic.
“It’s much like an Arms Race,” explained Yarbrough. “As countermeasures are implemented, traffickers come up with new ways to smuggle drugs.”
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