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Posted at 9:56 AM ET, 11/11/2010

Heroin in buttons smuggled into BWI

By Associated Press

Federal authorities say drug dealers found a novel way to smuggle heroin through BWI Airport — inside large buttons sewn onto dresses.

Court documents show U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted a package containing the dresses when it arrived from the Philippines last week, The Washington Examiner reports.

Inside the buttons, authorities found a tan, powdery substance wrapped in plastic that turned out to be $50,000 worth of heroin.

The seizure led to a sting operation at the Baltimore home of the intended recipient of the package. Fifty-year-old James Geter and 54-year-old Michael Anderson now face charges of conspiracy to import a controlled substance.

Documents show Geter and Anderson told police they were holding the package for a drug dealer who planned to pay them for it.

By Associated Press  | November 11, 2010; 9:56 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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