Cocaine bust at Dulles Airport
A Pennsylvania man is in custody after attempting to smuggle more than four pounds of cocaine concealed in powdered-soup packets through Dulles International Airport, officials said Friday.
Jose Acevedo, 41, of Carlisle, Pa., was arrested early Friday by Customs and Border Protection officers after they discovered he was carrying 1,965 grams of cocaine -- about 4.5 pounds -- with an estimated street value of $140,000.
Authorities said Acevedo arrived aboard TACA Airlines Flight 580 from El Salvador about 9:30 p.m. Thursday and was referred by a customs officer for a secondary inspection. During that luggage check, a customs dog named Demi made a positive alert for the presence of narcotics.
Officers then discovered soup packets stuffed with a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine. Some of the packets still contained rice.
“Each time we uncover a unique concealment method, we force these dangerous networks to change tactics,'' said Christopher Hess, CBP port director for the Port of Washington.
This isn't customs officers' first experience with attempted soup packet smuggling. On Feb. 28, 2009, officers discovered about 16 pounds of cocaine inside chicken soup packets. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Jorge Posada Guevara and Hidsar Henriques-Parada in that case.
Washington Post editors
| June 18, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia
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