Officers at airport seize cocaine stashed in wheelchair

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Federal authorities say a person has been arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina, after he was stopped within the metropolis’s airport with greater than 23 kilos (greater than 10 kilograms) of cocaine hid within the seat cushions of a motorized wheelchair. U. S. Customs and Border Safety officers encountered the traveler as he was arriving at Charlotte Douglas Worldwide Airport from the Dominican Republic this week, in response to a Friday information launch. “His solutions didn’t match up. His bodily purported handicap didn’t match up. That was a tell-tale signal that there was one thing suspicious,” Mike Prado, a Homeland Safety Investigations deputy particular agent, informed WSOC-TV. The 4 packages containing cocaine have been found throughout the seat cushions and had an estimated avenue worth of $378,000, in response to the information launch. The 22-year-old man was charged with trafficking in cocaine. Officers say he was a lawful, everlasting U.S. resident.

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