Sterling, VA - While philosophers continue to ponder the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first, Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles International Airport focused more on what exactly was inside the chicken.
What they found, when they closely inspected a fully-cooked chicken early Saturday morning, was about 60 grams of cocaine. What the traveler, Wagner Mauricio Linares Aragon, 32, of Guatemala, learned was that transporting cocaine into the U.S. was illegal.
"CBP officers have seen many unique narcotics concealment methods, and they all present the same challenges to discover them. Our officer's inspection was very thorough and earned solid results," said Christopher Hess, CBP port director for the Port of Washington. "CBP officers remain vigilant to detect creative concealment methods, and to stem the flow of illegal narcotics from reaching our nation's streets."
Linares Aragon arrived on a flight from El Salvador shortly after midnight on Saturday. During a secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered two small clear plastic bags inside the chicken's cavity. The white powdery substance inside the plastic bags tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine weighed 60.4 grams, or 2.3 ounces, with an estimated street value of $4,300
CBP turned Linares Aragon and the cocaine over to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police shortly after 7 a.m.
CBP issued a detainer on Linares Aragon to be presented to CBP upon the adjudication of his charges.
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.