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CBP at Newark Liberty Bust Two Separate Foreign Drug Smugglers

Release Date: 
December 27, 2011

Newark, N.J.- Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Newark Liberty Airport arrested two foreign nationals for smuggling narcotics in two separate events this week.

CBP officers at Newark Liberty Airport seized cocaine in deflated soccer balls

CBP officers at Newark Liberty Airport seized cocaine in deflated soccer balls

On Wednesday December 21, CBP officers intercepted Daniela Mastromarino as she arrived at Newark from Costa Rica. The 29 year old Italian citizen attempted to smuggle approximately .54 kilograms or roughly 1.2 pounds of cocaine. She was placed under arrest when officers found the bottom of her luggage to be unusually thick. After closer scrutiny, an anomaly in the bag was discovered to contain a substance that tested positive for cocaine.

On Thursday December 22, CBP officers inspected the luggage of Heber Razuri Leon, a 46 year old Peruvian citizen arriving from Peru. During the examination of his belongings, officers discovered four pairs of sandals and four deflated soccer balls that were unusually heavy. Officers arrested Razuri Leon when these items were determined to be concealing a powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. The total weight of the cocaine was approximately 2.2 kilograms or about 4.9 pounds.

CBP officers at Newark Liberty Airport seized cocaine discovered in four pairs of sandals

CBP officers at Newark Liberty Airport seized cocaine discovered in four pairs of sandals

"CBP officers at Newark are some of the best in the country at what they do," said Robert E. Perez, director of CBP's New York field operations. "These seizures demonstrate our officers' skills and observational techniques."

The total street value of both seizures is approximately 310,000 U.S. dollars.

Both Mastromarino and Razuri Leon were turned over to agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations. They now face federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the U.S. District Court of Newark.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017