Sunday, February 8, 2009
Man Arrested for Smuggling Eggplant
Richard Janeczko, a 23 year-old man from Australia, recently got arrested for smuggling after returning home to Melbourne from a trip to Dubai. Upon entering the customs area, authorities couldn’t figure out the source of a muffled tweeting sound, or the distinct smell of Za'atar, a seed spice.
Upon closer inspection, customs authorities found two eggs in a vitamin container in the man’s luggage. This lead to a more extensive search, which yielded two live pigeons inside padded envelopes that were taped to the inside of his legs under a pair of tights, some seeds inside a money belt, and an undeclared eggplant.
There were some minor contusions on Janeczko’s testicles, but they were only beak marks and were quickly treated with iodine.
There was no printed recipe in any of his pockets or inside of his tights, so authorities assumed that the concoction he planned to make should be categorized as intellectual property. All evidence was turned over to the Australian Quarantine Service and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service was also called in to investigate.
Smuggling in Australia carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of over $70,000 U.S. dollars.
The Australian government would not comment on the continuing investigation. However, a leak inside informed us that the eggplant was probably going to be used for baba ghannouj, an eggplant dip; or at $70,000 an ounce, “gourmet” baba ghannouj. The pigeons and resultant droppings remain a mystery.