Philly CBP Arrests Local Man on Cocaine Smuggling Allegations
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.
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.
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