Boston - U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure of approximately two and a half pounds of cocaine. The seizure resulted in the apprehension of a citizen of the Dominican Republic and legal permanent resident of the United States.
On May 4, officers at Logan International Airport encountered a 32-year-old male as he applied for admission into the United States. After the primary interview and baggage inspection, CBP officers determined that the subject was a possible internal carrier; a person who swallows and transports narcotics in the form of pellets, usually containing cocaine or heroin.
The subject was transported to a medical facility where he proceeded to pass 94 pellets of a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. The total weight of the cocaine was a little more than two and a half pounds, with a street value of nearly $80,000.
The subject was arrested on narcotics trafficking charges and was arraigned in East Boston District Court on Wednesday May 9. The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Massachusetts State Police Logan Airport Narcotics Task Force.
"The vigilance and experience of our CBP officers has prevented a criminal from introducing harmful drugs into our communities," said Kevin W. Weeks, Director of Field Operations in Boston. "This arrest exemplifies our mission to intercept persons and contraband that pose a threat to our country."
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.