HOUSTON -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to George Bush Intercontinental Airport seized over four pounds of cocaine and arrested two U.S. citizens.
The two passengers, both in their early 20s, were traveling together from Lima, Peru.
CBP officers referred the pair for a secondary exam. During their secondary interview, officers noted the travelers made several false, inconsistent statements and an exam of their luggage revealed several children’s coats with unusual weights and strong smells of perfume and vinegar.
When CBP officers inspected the coats they found packages sewn in to each coat lining. The packages contained a white powdery substance and tested positive for cocaine.
“This smuggling attempt illustrates the lengths criminals will go to smuggle narcotics into the U.S.,” said Houston CBP Port Director Charles Perez. “It also illustrates the vigilance and attention to detail CBP officers pay when international travelers arrive to the U.S.”
CBP officers seized the cocaine and turned the couple over for state prosecution.
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.