STOLIN, Belarus — A crew of hungry, misfit smugglers got busted trying to sneak 20 pounds of cured pig fat from Ukraine to Belarus taped to their bodies, authorities said.
The odd-looking bunch were stopped at a border checkpoint after crossing from Ukraine in a BMW, when the border guards noticed that their torsos looked lumpy and disproportionately large compared to the rest of their bodies.
A body search revealed layers of the fat — known as salo — strapped around their chests. The fat is considered a delicacy in Ukraine but its import to neighboring countries is highly regulated as it is effectively eaten raw and needs to be well handled.
It seems Belarusians have quite a taste for the fat as border guards routinely catch salo smugglers along the border. Just two days before this latest arrest, a group of men were stopped when border agents found 45 pounds of the fat stuffed inside the spare tire of a car driving into the country.
Earlier this year, two men were caught trying to sneak 250 pounds of salo into Belarus aboard a train. And in February, border agents stopped a truck carrying more than two tons of the fatty food product.