ATLANTA --- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) arrested a U.S man and seized over 2 pounds of cocaine on Friday.
The male passenger, arrived from Lima, Peru and was referred to a secondary examination. During his secondary inspection, CBP officers examined the baggage contents and discovered a white powdery substance concealed in vitamin packages and a tube of lotion. Instead of vitamins or lotion the powdery substance field-tested positive for cocaine.
The cocaine weighed a total of 2.51 pounds, and had a street value of approximately $34,000.
CBP turned the individual over to Clayton County Sheriff’s Office for local prosecution.
“This cocaine seizure is an excellent example of the persistence displayed by our Customs and Border Protection Officers to detect unique concealment methods, and to intercept dangerous drugs at our nation’s ports of entry, “ said Carey Davis, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Atlanta. “Narcotics interdiction remains a priority CBP enforcement mission, one that we take very seriously.”
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. On a typical day, CBP seizes an average of 7,910 pounds of illicit narcotics.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.