A 68-year-old Ghanaian woman is accused of trying to sneak 11 pounds of heroin into the U.S. through Dulles International Airport on Christmas Eve.
Nana Tweneboah allegedly tried to bring in $365,000 worth of heroin that was concealed in the lining of her suitcase, authorities say.
Tweneboah arrived at Dulles from Ghana via Amsterdam at about 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. She was scheduled to visit her daughter, who lives in Alexandria, Va.
An officer noticed her suitcase was unusually heavy and, after checking it, discovered the heroin, authorities say.
"Nefarious criminal organizations think they can take advantage of U.S. holidays to sneak in their deadly poison, but this seizure and arrest should be a warning to all that Customs and Border Protection officers don't take a holiday," said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington, D.C. "Narcotics interdiction at our nation's borders is one of CBP's priority enforcement missions, and one that we take very seriously."