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All That and a Bag of Meth: Smuggler Busted for Stashing Drugs With Potato Chips

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Mmm, Meth Chips! (Photo courtesy U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
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You just can't take stuff onto planes the way you used to. You know: Giant shampoo bottles, razor blades, methamphetamines. A 21-year-old Compton man is learning it is not okay to try to conceal your meth in some potato chip bags and board a flight at Los Angeles International Airport. Even if they are cheddar and bacon flavored.

Lemuel Giovani Espinosa was busted on Wednesday after TSA officers noticed something unusual in his backpack: A couple of bags of TGI Friday's Potato Skins chips. But it wasn't the chips themselves which raised the eyebrows of the screeners--it was the nearly five pounds of meth tucked inside.

Espinosa had been on his way to Japan with the goods (and the goodies!), say Customs officials. He was expecting a payment of $6,000 for his efforts, though the drugs have an estimated street value of over $200,000 in Japan.

The suspect was taken into custody, and awaits an October 3 arraignment. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.