Man arrested at North Carolina airport had more than 23 pounds of cocaine stashed in wheelchair
Published 4:07 pm Saturday, June 4, 2022
Federal authorities say a man has been arrested in Charlotte after he was stopped in the city’s airport with more than 23 pounds (more than 10 kilograms) of cocaine concealed in the seat cushions of a motorized wheelchair.
United States Customs and Border Protection officers encountered the traveler as he was arriving at Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the Dominican Republic this week, according to a Friday news release.
“His answers didn’t match up. His physical purported handicap did not match up. That was a tell-tale sign that there was something suspicious,” Mike Prado, a Homeland Security Investigations deputy special agent, told WSOC-TV.
The four packages containing cocaine were discovered within the seat cushions and had an estimated street value of $378,000, according to the news release.
Alexander A. Lopez-Morel, 22, was charged with trafficking in cocaine. Officials say he was a lawful, permanent U.S. resident.
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