STERLING, Va. — Federal authorities arrested a U.S. man on cocaine smuggling charges November 16 after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport discovered the man to be an internal smuggler.
According to court documents, Rahamon Olawale Amusa, 49, arrived to Washington Dulles International Airport shortly after 8 a.m. on November 14. During a secondary examination, Amusa allegedly admitted to CBP officers that he swallowed 80 pellets of what he believed to be cocaine. Hospital x-rays confirmed the presence of foreign bodies. By the next evening, Amusa expelled 54 thumb-sized pellets, some of which allegedly field-tested positive for the properties of cocaine.
Special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted an investigation resulting in the United States charging Amusa with importation of controlled substances (21 USC 952) and importing 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine (21 USC 960).
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia is prosecuting Amusa.
“Transnational criminal organizations employ many methods to smuggle their deadly poison into the United States, including the dangerous method of using internal body carriers,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles. “We’re hopeful that this arrest sends a strong message that CBP officers remain committed to working with our law enforcement partners to intercept illicit narcotics before it can reach our communities.”
Amusa, traveled on a flight from Ethiopia through Ireland before arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport.
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