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TRUE – Fake Water Bottles Airport Drug Smuggling Warning

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on October 9, 2013 – Image: &copy


Message warns people not to hold or carry items such as water bottles for other people when in airports because the items may contain illicit drugs. The message claims that fake water bottles have been used to smuggle drugs and includes a video showing such a bottle. 

Brief Analysis

The warning is worth heeding. Drug couriers and users have indeed used fake water bottles to conceal illicit drugs. In fact, criminals use many clever methods of smuggling drugs across borders. And innocent people have certainly been tricked into carrying drugs for criminals. Many border security and travel advisories warn people not to carry items for other people at airports and border crossings.


At Airport, Never Help Anybody By Holding Even For A Short Time, His Or Her Water Bottle Or Anything else.

This warning has come from an officer (a close friend) working at the airport. If you happen to buy a water bottle at the airport, please check the bottle.
Beware of fake water bottles.

Be careful !!!! At the airport or close to any customs service, never accept or help somebody to hold his/her bottle of water or other objects, even for an elderly person or a pregnant woman, You could be arrested for cocaine or illegal drugs possession. In Singapore/Dubai, that means the Death Penalty !! Tell them to put the item on the floor or at any other place…
Watch this attached video/clipping by the US Customs, to understand. (Cocaine dealers are very smart)


Detailed Analysis

According to a warning message that is currently circulating via social media, travellers should never agree to carry water bottles or other items for another person when at airports.

The message explains that criminals have used fake water bottles as a means of moving illicit drugs across borders. It suggests that, if you agree to carry an item such as a water bottle that contains drugs, and the concealment is discovered by border security, you could be charged with possession and face very serious legal consequences. The message features a video showing a fake water bottle and its concealed payload.

It is unclear how often criminals use the specific tactic described in the message. Nevertheless, the warning is certainly worth heeding. Criminals do use many and varied methods of moving drugs across borders. And, canny criminals have indeed tricked people into carrying illicit items through customs for them. Some of those duped have been caught and charged.

In fact, travel advisories and airport security staff around the world regularly warn people to never carry items for others and never leave their luggage unattended.

While the message suggests that the video was made by US customs, its exact origin is unclear. The video was added to the YouTube channel of an organization called the Center for Immigration Studies in February 2010. The video’s description suggests that it shows a method by which drugs are smuggled from Mexico to the United States.  Another of the fake plastic bottles was shown in a news video that discussed ways in which teenagers conceal drugs.

The bottom line? Use caution and common sense when travelling. If a stranger or even an acquaintance or casual friend that you are travelling with asks you to carry ANY item across a border, be extremely cautious.  And keep a close eye on your luggage and carry on bags as well.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,