Routine Baggage Search Unveils More Than 250 Kilos of Cocaine

cocaine-396751_1920-300x258Close to 300 bricks of cocaine were confiscated by federal agents after an everyday X-ray baggage search during a U.S. Virgin Islands charter flight arrived on Tuesday night at a South Florida executive airport. After agents uncovered more than 300 kilos (700+ pounds) of cocaine in 294 plastic-wrapped cocaine bricks at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport last week, six people, including a pair of police officers, were placed under arrest. Both officers are working with the U.S. Police Department of the Virgin Islands.

Not all went well as Customs and Border Control officers conducted an X-ray inspection of passenger luggage at Opa-Locka airport. One of the policemen from the Virgin Islands fled the airport and was eventually arrested.

Four of the suspects are citizens of the United States born in the Virgin Islands of St. Thomas. All except one have arrest hearings scheduled for January and arraignments in Miami federal court in March on a conspiracy charge of trying to obtain a controlled drug with the intent of selling it.

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