STERLING, VA.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a 61-year-old Nigerian man on heroin smuggling allegations Friday at Washington Dulles International Airport.
According to court documents, CBP officers allegedly detected inconsistencies during their inspection of Adekunle Titus Adetokunbo after he arrived from Ghana Thursday. He was transported to a local hospital, and court records state that x-rays indicated the presence of foreign objects inside Adetokunbo's abdomen. Adetokunbo later expelled pellets with a gross weight of approximately 446 grams, or nearly 16 ounces. The pellets reportedly tested positive for heroin.
The heroin pellets have an approximate street value of about $31,000.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia is prosecuting Adetokunbo.
"Heroin is a highly addictive and very dangerous narcotic. Customs and Border Protection officers take very serious their mission to intercept this deadly poison before it can reach our community," said Christopher Hess, CBP port director for the Port of Washington, D.C.
CBP officers turned Adetokunbo and the suspected heroin over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents. ICE HSI continues investigating.
CBP routinely conducts random inspection operations on arriving and departing passengers searching for narcotics, currency, weapons and other prohibited or illicit products.
The charges and allegations contained in the criminal complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
CBP placed a detainer on Adetokunbo for him to be returned to CBP upon adjudication of his charges.