A 21-year-old girl was arrested at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for making an attempt to smuggle three kilos of cocaine hidden in the soles of seven pairs of shoes, customs officers mentioned Tuesday.
“Shoes are made for walking and not smuggling narcotics,” US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) mentioned in a news release.
The Georgia girl, who wasn’t named, was getting back from Jamaica on Sunday when brokers pulled her apart for additional inspection, based on the information launch. It didn’t say why she was flagged.
Upon examination of her luggage, officers discovered a white powdery substance hid in the bottoms of seven pairs of shoes, the information launch says. The substance field-tested optimistic for cocaine, the discharge mentioned.
In photographs shared by CBP, the shoes, starting from sneakers to sandals and even a pair of wedges, are organized on a desk after officers took them aside. In the only real of every shoe and inserted in the heel of the wedge, a bundle of cocaine might be seen.
This isn’t the primary time smugglers have tried to cover medication in the soles of their shoes. In December, CBP said a drug-sniffing dog at the checkpoint in Yuma sniffed out greater than a pound of fentanyl that was duct-taped contained in the shoes of an Arizona man.
On a typical day, border brokers seize greater than 3,600 kilos of medicine, based on CBP.
“Smugglers go through great lengths to conceal drugs from our officers,” Paula Rivera, CBP port director for the Area Port of Atlanta, mentioned in the information launch. “Narcotics interdiction remains a priority CBP enforcement mission, one that we take very seriously.”
Officials estimate that the three kilos of cocaine they discovered in the girl’s shoes has a avenue worth of $40,000. The girl was turned over to the Clayton County Police Department for prosecution, based on CBP.
“Criminal charges are merely allegations,’ reads the release. “Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”
NCS has reached out to the Clayton County police for extra data on the girl and the costs she faces.