CBP Officers seized 1,209 grams of cocaine at Dulles International Airport Sterling VirginiaPosted on May 8, 2009
A Salvadoran citizen was arrested on May 8, 2009 at
Washington-Dulles International Airport after Customs and Border
Protection officers discovered 1,209 grams of cocaine the traveler
was smuggling into the U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Hector
Anibal Lopez Ardon, 54 years of age, after he admitted to
concealing 50 grams of cocaine in a cheese container and carrying
1,159 grams on himself.
Lopez Ardon arrived aboard a Taca Airlines flight. During a routine
baggage inspection, CBP officers discovered four bags of a white
powdery substance concealed inside a cheese container. When
officers instructed Lopez Ardon to be seated, they observed him
lean suspiciously over a row of seats.
Officers immediately investigated and discovered two duct-taped
bricks, which were still warm to the touch. Lopez Ardon later
admitted to ICE agents that he concealed the bricks in his pants.
CBP officers field-tested the white powdery substance in the cheese
container and in the two bricks; they tested positive for cocaine.
CBP has placed an immigration detainer on Lopez Ardon to process
him for admissibility once his charges have been adjudicated.