Drug smuggler disguises meth as art

Posted at 3:22 PM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-26 15:22:31-04

(WFLA) A man's elaborate plan to deal drugs ended in disaster when detectives discovered he had pottery shipped to Florida that was covered with $600,000 worth of meth paste.

Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office say Omar Palencia, 30, had the pottery shipped to him and intended to cook the meth out of the pottery, and then sell the drugs.

The meth came in the mail in three beautiful vases, covered with pieces of red, white and mirrored tiles. Under the shiny facade, something far less pretty.

"In Mexico, they were dipped in liquid methamphetamine and carefully, they placed small glass squares on the vase to make it appear to be this beautiful pottery," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

He almost got away, except the person who was helping him was actually an uncover cop.

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