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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 01/29/2010

Man caught smuggling heroin at BWI

By Washington Post editors

Customs and Border Protection officers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport arrested a 26-year-old Balitimore resident Tuesday after he attempted to smuggle nearly seven pounds of heroin into the U.S. in the false bottom of a suitcase.

Suleiman Zakaria had just returned from Ghana shortly after 6 p.m. when a CBP officer referred him for a secondary examination. During that examination, CBP officers discovered about six pounds, 13 ounces of heroin with a street value of as much as $430,000, allegedly hidden in a false bottom of a suitcase. CBP officers also seized $5,980 Zakaria was carrying.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took Zakaria into custody.

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2010; 11:49 AM ET
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