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Methamphetamine Found in Snickers Bars at Los Angeles International Airport

EMSL Analytical provides testing for methamphetamine and other illicit drugs in products and environmental samples.


A 34-year-old California man has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after his attempt to smuggle methamphetamine into Japan. The man hid the illegal substance in what appeared to be dozens of Snickers bars.

During a routine baggage inspection conducted by federal agents, 45 full-sized Snickers bars were discovered inside the man’s luggage. Each bar was coated with a chocolate substance to make the candy bar look authentic.

However, test results revealed that the bars contained four pounds of methamphetamine. Authorities estimate that the four pounds is worth nearly $250,000.

The man was charged with drug possession and will face a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted.

Methamphetamine can be prescribed by a doctor; however, the doses are very low and cannot be refilled. Illegal methamphetamine in the United States typically comes from small clandestine laboratories, or large illegal “superlabs”. The production of methamphetamine in these labs may endanger the people operating them, those nearby,  and the environment.

“Exposure to the chemicals associated with clandestine methamphetamine manufacture can pose a grave health risk—even short-term exposures to high concentrations of some of the chemicals can cause lung damage and burns,” states Vince Daliessio, CIH, Project Manager at EMSL Analytical. “EMSL, a DEA licensed laboratory, performs sensitive, quantitative  tests for methamphetamine, and offers sampling supplies, such as the Meth Wipe Kit, to help home inspection professionals and homeowners test for the toxic chemicals.”

For more information on EMSL’s testing services, please contact EMSL at (800) 220-3675, visit, or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. Please see our website for a complete listing of accreditations.



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