STERLING, VA.—Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a California man at Washington Dulles International Airport after officers discovered nearly five ounces of opium concealed inside bottles of shampoo and lotion on March 1.
Mehdi Moshirian, 63, of Pleasant Hill, Calif., was turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police. Moshirian arrived from Frankfurt late night, February 28, and was referred to a secondary examination. An x-ray detected anomalies in two shampoo bottles and in one container of lotion. CBP officers extracted baggies of a white substance that field-tested positive for opium. The opium weighed 4.9 ounces and had an approximate street value of about $4,000.
"This opium seizure and arrest further illustrates Customs and Border Protection's continued vigilance to detect and to intercept illicit narcotics at our nation's borders," said Christopher Hess, CBP port director for the Port of Washington Dulles. "We remain hopeful that the threat of detection and criminal charges deters others from attempting to smuggle illicit narcotics through Washington Dulles International Airport."
CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international travelers and searches for terrorist weapons, illicit narcotics, unreported currency, prohibited agriculture products and other prohibited items.
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP's Travel website to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S. Criminal complaints are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless 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.