CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Six pounds of cocaine was seized by customs agents at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport this week, officials said.
The cocaine was discovered in separate incidents just two days apart, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Officials say a 26-year old Jamaican citizen who arrived on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica Sunday and during an inspection of his luggage, officers discovered a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine. On Tuesday, CBP officers encountered a 37-year old Jamaican citizen arriving from Montego Bay, Jamaica. During an inspection of his luggage, officers discovered a white powdery substance that also field-tested positive for cocaine.
“Our CBP officers continue to demonstrate daily vigilance and excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle illegal narcotics,” said Barry Chastain, CBP Acting Area Port Director Charlotte. “These arrests demonstrate CBP’s vigilance and dedication to securing the homeland and safeguarding our citizens.”
CBP says the two individuals were arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The total weight of cocaine seized was over six pounds with an estimated street value of $90,000.