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CBP Finds Cocaine Packed in Portfolio Lining

Release Date: 
June 25, 2015

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.

CBP officers found more than four pounds of cocaine stuffed inside the lining of this accordian-style briefcase.

CBP officers found more than four pounds of cocaine stuffed inside the lining of this accordian-style 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017