Dulles bust: Cocaine seized for fourth time in September

Cocaine was seized in two white jars Saturday. (Photo: Steve Sapp)

More cocaine was seized Saturday at Dulles, making it the fourth courier cocaine seizure in September.

Police say the Guatemalan courier arrived just before 3 p.m. with a little over a pound of the drug hidden in a false inner lining of two white jars. He was released back to Guatemala, but barred from returning to the states for five years.

This was the third consecutive weekend cocaine was seized at Dulles.

“I’m hopeful that these recent seizures send a loud and clear message to the bad guys that using business couriers to import their deadly poison into the U.S. is a failed proposition,” said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington, D.C. “Customs and Border Protection remains resolute to stopping illicit narcotics at our nation’s borders before it can reach our neighborhoods.”

On September 15, officers discovered cocaine hidden in seven plastic jars that two Guatemalan couriers brought to Dulles. The combined weight of the jars and cocaine was about 12 pounds.

A week later, cocaine was found inside two hard brown bricks labeled as “Dulce de Panela,” a molasses-like candy. Cocaine was also found in packages of beef soup.