STERLING, Va., (WUSA) - Cocaine concealed inside the double walls of two jars of stew was found during inspection of a Guatemalan man's luggage on Saturday at Dulles, according to Customs and Border Protection.
The man, traveling as a courier on business, arrived on a flight from El Salvador and was referred for a secondary examination to have his packages inspected. Among other things in the courier's packages, CBP officers discovered two jars filled with stew that felt too heavy relative to their size and contents.
When the jars were emptied and inspected, a plastic bag filled with a white, powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine was secreted between the inner shell of each jar and its stainless steel lining. The combined weight of two plastic bags of cocaine was a little over 1 kilogram, or 2 pounds, 4 ounces.
The man was not criminally charged but was detained and scheduled for an interview with an asylum officer. If his claim is not found credible, he will be removed from the U.S. and barred from returning for a minimum of five years.