Newark, N.J.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Newark Liberty International Airport had another interesting find this past week: heroin concealed in bottles of scotch.
On Saturday, December 31, 2011, CBP officers at Newark Liberty Airport intercepted and arrested a Colombian national who was attempting to smuggle nearly 25 pounds of heroin into the United States. Wilfer Bohorquez Rojo, 53, arrived on Saturday afternoon, his flight originating from Medellin, Colombia.
Bohorquez Rojo, a resident of Miami, Florida, was selected for a baggage examination and admitted to the ownership of two pieces of checked luggage. During a search of that luggage, a brown powdery substance was discovered concealed in packages of plastic flags and between glued photographs. Those substances tested positive for heroin. After further scrutiny, four bottles of Royal Salute Scotch were found to contain packages of a substance that also tested positive for heroin. The total amount of the narcotic seized was nearly 25 pounds.
"Heroin is a dangerous narcotic and CBP does its part in keeping these drugs off the streets," said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP's New York Field Operations. "Our officers are determined to protect the American people from these illicit substances."
The approximate street value of the seized narcotic is nearly $700,000.
Bohorquez Rojo was turned over to agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. He now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey.
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.