CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say a person has been arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina, after he was stopped in the town’s airport with over 20 kilos of cocaine hid in the seat cushions of a motorized wheelchair.
U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers encountered the traveler as he was arriving at Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the Dominican Republic this week, based on a Friday information launch.
“His solutions didn’t match up. His bodily purported handicap didn’t match up. That was a tell-tale signal that there was one thing suspicious,” Mike Prado, a Homeland Security Investigations deputy particular agent, instructed WSOC-TV.
Four packages containing over 23 kilos of cocaine had been found inside the seat cushions, with an estimated road worth of $378,000, based on the information launch.
The 22-year-old man was charged with trafficking in cocaine. Officials say he was a lawful, everlasting U.S. resident.
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