HOUSTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at George Bush Intercontinental Airport intercepted more than four pounds of cocaine stuffed in a traveler’s briefcase.
The traveler, a 64-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested June 20 to face drug trafficking charges.
Stephen John Salzillo was on a flight from Trinidad and Tobago when he landed in Houston. CBP officers referred Salzillo for a secondary examination. During this examination, officers found more than four pounds cocaine concealed within the lining of a black accordion-style briefcase that Salzillo was carrying.
“This seizure and arrest is the latest example of our commitment to take every opportunity to disrupt transnational narcotics trafficking,” said CBP Port Director Charles Perez.
CBP officers arrested Salzillo and turned him over to the Houston Police Department.
On a typical day in fiscal year 2014, CBP seized 10,327 pounds of drugs.
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.