He was caught with cocaina inside a can of tomato paste, hanno detto le autorità.
Keiter Elian Rijo Morales, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens from Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspected a large metal can he had with him.
The officers opened the container, which was labeled as “Bella Tomato Paste,” the agency said in a news release.
Inside was five pounds of a white power that tested positive for cocaine and was valued at $ 160,000, hanno detto le autorità. Morales was arrested for allegedly importing a controlled substance and he handed off to Homeland Security Investigations agents.
“The smuggling of illicit drugs poses a significant threat to our nation, and CBP does its part in keeping these drugs off our streets.” said Troy Miller, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.