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Cocaine In Drink Boxes And Spice Bottle Seized At Washington Dulles Airport
By Eddy Metcalf

August 8, 2012 - Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport seized almost 4 pounds of cocaine hidden inside chocolate drink boxes and a spice bottle in two Guatemalan men’s luggage shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday. 

Esteban Gustavo Ischiu Rojas, 44, and Jose Victor Munoz Lemus, 42, both from Guatemala and travelling together, arrived on a flight from San Salvador, El Salvador, and presented themselves as travelers for business as couriers. CBP officers referred both to secondary inspection for a baggage exam. In Ischiu’s baggage, CBP officers discovered a garlic salt bottle which contained 177 grams, or about 6 ounces, of cocaine.

In Munoz’ baggage, CBP officers discovered that four Choco Panda drink boxes contained plastic bags filled with cocaine totaling 1,536 grams, or 3 pounds, 6 ounces. Total weight of the cocaine was 1,713 grams, or 3 pounds, 12 ounces. The street value was approximately $120,000. 

“Customs and Border Protection officers are very good at finding illicit substances concealed in novel ways,” said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington. “This narcotics seizure highlights the work of vigilant officers performing a thorough inspection and preventing this deadly poison from finding its way onto our community’s streets.” 

Both men were turned over to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police department for criminal prosecution on controlled substance charges. CBP placed an immigration detainer on the two men to be returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges. “Every day at Dulles we welcome thousands of legitimate business travelers to the United States,” said Hess. “But this is one type of business that doesn’t belong here.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.


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