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Philly CBP Arrests Local Man on Cocaine Smuggling Allegations

Release Date: 
December 15, 2011

Philadelphia - Customs and Border Protection officers at Philadelphia International Airport arrested a local Philadelphia man Sunday afternoon after officers discovered 3.5 pounds of cocaine concealed inside the bottom of the man's luggage.

CBP officers turned Wilson Miguel Jaquez Torres, 23, and the cocaine over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations agents. The Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney is prosecuting Torres. Philadelphia Police Department is investigating.

CBP routinely conducts random inspection operations on arriving and departing international passengers and intercepts narcotics, currency, weapons and other prohibited or illicit products.

Customs and Border Protection officers at Philadelphia International Airport arrested a man Sunday afternoon after they discovered 3.5 pounds of cocaine concealed inside the bottom of his luggage.

The cocaine has an approximate street value of approximately $112,000.

CBP officers selected Torres for a baggage inspection after Torres returned from the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday. During the inspection, officers detected that the suitcase was unusually heavy when empty. A probe into the bottom of the suitcase revealed a white, powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine. CBP officers extracted 1,589.2 grams, or 3 pounds, 8 ounces, of cocaine sealed in plastic and concealed in the bottom liner of Torres' luggage.

"Customs and Border Protection officers take very seriously our mission to intercept illicit narcotics at our nation's borders before the deadly poison can harm our families, friends or neighbors," said Allan Martocci, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia. "Any day that we can remove dangerous narcotics from circulation is a good day."

CBP routinely conducts random inspection operations on arriving and departing international passengers and intercepts narcotics, currency, weapons and other prohibited or illicit products.

The charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017