Man tries to smuggle liquid cocaine in 24 shampoo bottles

2019-11-19 11:45
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Another day, another strange attempt at smuggling illegal items through an airport.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston came upon a man who seemed a little too obsessive with shiny hair - transporting 24 bottles of shampoo.

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But the bottles were in fact filled with about 15 kilograms of liquid cocaine, according to a statement, valued at over $400 000 (almost R6mn at R14.78/$).

The man in question - a Colombian 26-year-old citizen - was questioned by CBP officers which led to a search of his bag, after which a K9 dog alerted them to its true contents.

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The almost-smuggler was returned to Colombia after his drugs were seized and will now be investigated by the Houston Police Department.

“Our officers are the first line of defense at our ports of entry, so they are trained in the various smuggling methods people use to bring illicit goods into the US,” said CBP port director Shawn Polley. 

“We take every opportunity to intercept those illicit goods before they enter our communities, in this case it was 35 pounds of liquid cocaine.”

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