Customs and Border Protection at Dulles International Airport found almost four pounds of cocaine hidden in luggage Aug. 4 around 10 p.m.
Esteban Gustavo Ischiu Rojas, 44, and Jose Victor Munoz Lemus, 42, were arrested after arriving on a flight from San Salvador, El Salvador and presenting themselves as business travelers.
After a secondary inspection, CBP officers found a garlic salt bottle, which contained 177 grams of cocaine. Officers discovered four Choco Panda drink boxes with more than three pounds of cocaine in plastic bags in the containers.
CBP officials estimate the street value of the product is $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 for prosecution on controlled substance charges. They will be returned to CBP for deportation once they’ve been prosecuted.
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