Traveler carried contraband hidden in vanilla cookies, chips
HOUSTON – U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at George Bush Intercontinental Airport intercepted a passenger carrying more than four pounds of cocaine valued at more than $60,000, April 24.
CBP officers arrested German Adalberto Lancerio Bejarano, 50, a Guatemalan citizen, and turned him over to Houston Police Department. He is awaiting state prosecution for allegedly smuggling the illicit narcotic.
CBP officers discovered the narcotic during a baggage exam. When they encountered “Wafer Rich Vanilla Cookies”, “Tortrix Barbacoa Chips” and “Tortrix Limon Chips”, they disassembled the food items and found small bundles of cocaine wrapped in side.
“As America’s Frontline, our mission is to protect the public from terrorists and harmful items coming into the United States,” said Houston CBP Port Director Charles Perez. “We take every opportunity to disrupt criminal activity whether it is the importation of illicit narcotics.”
Lancerio Benjarano arrived in Houston from Guatemala City and was traveling to New York.
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.