BOSTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Boston Logan International Airport intercepted a traveler attempting to smuggle more than 3 pounds of cocaine in a purse.
On May 14, the alleged smuggler, 20-year-old Gerelyn Baez, a U.S. Citizen of Dorchester, Mass., arrived on a flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and was referred for a secondary examination in the CBP inspection area. Anomalies were detected in a small purse during a baggage x-ray, and further inspection revealed 1.45 kilograms (approximately three pounds) of white powder which field tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine had been sewn into three separate compartments in the lining of the purse.
"The vigilance and experience of our CBP officers have prevented an alleged smuggler from introducing harmful narcotics into our communities," said Kevin W. Weeks, director of Field Operations in Boston. "This interception reveals the ever-present threat from criminals attempting to smuggle illicit drugs into the U.S."
Special agents with U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) were onsite at Logan International Airport for assistance with the case. Subsequently, Gerelyn Baez, the narcotics and her personal belongings were turned over to HSI and the Massachusetts State Police Logan Airport Narcotics Task Force for further investigation and prosecution.
CBP routinely conducts random inspection operations on passengers and air cargo searching for narcotics, currency, weapons and other prohibited or illicit products.
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