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Posted at 4:30 PM ET, 06/18/2010

Cocaine bust at Dulles Airport

By Washington Post editors

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.

By Washington Post editors  | June 18, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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No soup for you !

Posted by: tommy11599 | June 18, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Free Bernard Madoff!

Posted by: blasmaic | June 18, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Is he an American? Green card? How'd he get the green card? Is he illegal...I mean, it looks like just about anybody with a Spanish sur-name now can travel free to the US without a visa.

Posted by: wjc1va | June 18, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

wjc1va, What? i mean what are you talking about? how do you come to the conclusion that people with certain names fly freely, based on this article?

you sir have taken good 'ol xenophobia to a new level

Posted by: dcskinsfan | June 19, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

More often than not, persons getting caught up in drug smuggling activity have a legal status in the U.S., i.e. living under an adjustment of status, Temporary Protective Status,or have Lawful Permanent Resident Status or are U.S. Citizens without previous criminal records. There are a multitude of other travelers such as for business or pleasure, students, persons or work visas, etc. All persons entering the U.S. are submit to inspection for contraband. This flight originated from San Salvador, so most of the passengers would have Spanish Sur-Names. Assumptions shouldn't be made about persons not being inspected, as everyone is subject to the process.

Posted by: livefreeordie8 | June 22, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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