An El Salvadoran man was arrested at Dulles International Airport Saturday after he was allegedly discovered with 15 baggies of cocaine hidden in clams inside his luggage.
Customs and Border Protection officers arrested David Pocasangre Vaquiz, 26, and seized 152 grams of cocaine that had a street value of about $10,000.
"Smugglers attempt all types of creative concealment methods to sneak their deadly poison into the United States and this is one of the oddest we've seen," said Christopher Hess, Customs and Border Patrol Port Director for the Port of Washington, DC. "This passenger took an enormous risk for only five ounces of cocaine and he now faces very serious narcotics smuggling charges."
Pocasangre Vaquiz arrived into Dulles a little before 2 a.m. and was going through a secondary inspection when an officer found a black plastic bag with about 80 clams inside his luggage, authorities said.
Fifteen clams had been opened, stuffed with cocaine, and then glued shut, authorities said.