Feds arrest cocaine smuggler at Dulles Airport


A man smuggling cocaine through Dulles International Airport was arrested Nov. 16 and charged with importation of a controlled substance and importing 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.

Federal authorities on Nov. 29 announced the arrest of Rahamon Olawale Amusa, 49, who traveled from Ethiopia through Ireland and into Dulles, located in eastern Loudoun County.

According to court documents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Amusa arrived at Dulles shortly after 8 a.m. on Nov. 14. During a secondary examination, Amusa allegedly admitted to CBP officers that he swallowed 80 pellets of what he believed to be cocaine. Hospital x-rays confirmed the presence of foreign bodies. By the next evening, Amusa expelled 54 thumb-sized pellets, some of which allegedly field-tested positive for the properties of cocaine.

Special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted an investigation resulting in the U.S. charging Amusa with importation of controlled substances (21 USC 952) and importing 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine (21 USC 960).

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia is prosecuting Amusa.

"Transnational criminal organizations employ many methods to smuggle their deadly poison into the United States, including the dangerous method of using internal body carriers," said Wayne Biondi, CBP area port director for the port of Washington Dulles. "We're hopeful that this arrest sends a strong message that CBP officers remain committed to working with our law enforcement partners to intercept illicit narcotics before it can reach our communities."

CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items at the nation's 328 international ports of entry.

On a typical day, CBP seizes an average of 9,435 pounds of illicit narcotics.

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