Cocaine stuffed chicken seized at Dulles International Airport
A 32-year-old Guatemalan man tried his luck with more than just a wishbone and lost.
U.S. Custom and Border Patrol officers at Dulles International Airport seized a roasted chicken from Wagner Mauricio Linares Argon they say was stuffed with more than 60 grams of cocaine.
“CBP officers have seen many unique narcotics concealment methods, and they all present the same challenges to discover them,” said CBP port director for the Port of Washington Christopher Hess. “CBP officers remain vigilant to detect creative concealment methods, and to stem the flow of illegal narcotics from reaching our nation’s streets.”
Linares Aragon arrived on a flight from El Salvador shortly after midnight Saturday. During a secondary inspection, officers discovered two plastic bags inside the chicken’s cavity.
The contents tested positive for cocaine, which CBP says had a street value of about $4,300.
This most-recent case is not considered a large seizure, nor does Dulles typically see large amounts of illegal drugs trying to be smuggled in, according to Steve Sapp, with the Department of Homeland Security. However, Dulles did see one of its biggest seizures ever earlier this year.
“A guy was caught with seven kilograms of cocaine hidden inside chicken soup packets on March 4,” Sapp says. “That was the largest drug seizure at Dulles in at least two years,” he says.
Large quantities of drugs are more commonly seen at south or western airports closer to the border, like Los Angeles or Houston.
In fiscal 2008 there were no cocaine seizures at Dulles Airport. In fiscal 2007 there was just one.
Friday, December 4, 2009