Watch out for contraband camouflaged as Christmas presents


The holiday season is a reminder that big-time drug runners and other contraband couriers have been discovered camouflaging their haul to look like “presents” or "gifts" stacked in a trunk or in the back seat.

Predicting that patrol numbers may be lower and the odds of getting a friendly pass on a traffic stop may be higher at this time of year, these criminals use the season to move large loads disguised as holiday gifts. 

Remember that a car with "dad" at the wheel and kids and wrapped packages in the back may look harmless – and certainly could be –  but appearances can be deceiving.

Take into account the entire scene at the stop, and if you have suspicions, ask questions like:

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