NEWARK, N.J. – U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Newark Liberty International Airport seized cocaine found inside items of a checked-in suitcase.
On May 29, Mr. Karlo Oscata, a United States Citizen, arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Lima, Peru, and presented himself for inspection. During the examination of Mr. Oscata’s luggage, CBP officers found one picture frame, six wood coasters, one glass bottle, and two jars that were unusually heavy.
The passenger was subsequently escorted to a private search room where CBP officers conducted a physical search of his baggage. Further inspection of the four items within the suitcase revealed sources of white powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine. In total, an estimated weight of 5 lbs. of cocaine was seized with an approximate street value of $87,000.
“CBP officers remain ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these dangerous drugs, regardless of the concealment methods employed by these would-be smugglers,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
Mr. Karlo Oscata was turned over to the Port Authority Police Department. He now faces state prosecution for narcotics smuggling charges.
All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.
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.