The can in which he brought the cocaine.
CBP New York / Courtesy
The US authorities reported this Monday that they have arrested a Dominican who arrived at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York with a tomato can filled with 5 pounds of cocaine worth $ 160,000 dollars.
Keiter Elian Rijo Morales, 26, “I had more than spaghetti and meatballs in mind when police officers Customs and Border Protection (CBP) their illegal seasoning was seized ”at the airport, the agency said in a statement.
Rijo Morales arrived in New York on December 26 on a flight from Santo Domingo and the agents inspected a large metal can that he carried in his luggage with the label “Bella tomato paste”, which turned out to be something else.
“CBP agents opened the container and discovered a white powdered substance that tested positive for cocaine,” the agency explained, after which the man was arrested for importing a controlled substance and turned over to the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
The arrested had hidden in the tomato can five pounds of cocaine that on the street would have reached a price of $ 160,000, according to the authorities’ estimate.
“The smuggling of illicit drugs poses a significant threat to our nation and CBP is doing its part to keep these drugs off our streets,” explained the agency’s director of operations in New York, Troy Miller.
“As a unified US border security agency, our employees are determined to protect the public from these substances,” he added.
Rijo Morales faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and his case will be prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York.