US customs officers intercept cocaine in lining of suitcase

cocaineORANJESTAD, Aruba, Friday February 20, 2015, CMC – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says officers at the Oranjestad-Aruba Preclearance facility intercepted 7.25 pounds of cocaine concealed in the lining of a traveler’s suitcases.

On Wednesday, CBP said “the subject and narcotics were turned over to Aruba Customs for further investigation and prosecution”.

On February 11, a 34-year-old US citizen “utilized an Automated Passport Control kiosk to apply for entry into the United States”

It said officers referred the traveler for secondary inspection, where 10 packages were found hidden in the lining of both the traveler’s suitcases.

The packages contained a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine, CBP said.

“With the implementation of the Automated Passport Control kiosks, our CBP officers are able to enhance their enforcement mentality to truly focus on the traveler,” said Ian Bow, acting Aruba port director.

“This seizure is a great example of the primary officer remaining vigilant and applying previous training and past experience to refer the traveler to secondary,” he added.

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