U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, recently, found methamphetamine in a bag –– from Mexico City, Mexico –– at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to the agency’s public affairs liaison.
Tamara Mathews said officers seized 16.28 kilos of the drug.
Mathews said an X-ray of baggage allowed the officers to discover the 16 bricks covered in shrink wrap, that contained methamphetamine.
Further inspection of the bricks found a “crystal-like” substance, which tested positive for the drug.
“While the bag was tagged to two in-flight passengers, further investigation revealed that the consignment was part of an internal conspiracy, using the bag tags as part of the concealment method,” the CBP spokesperson said.
Mathews said this is the second time, in Atlanta, in which unaccompanied bags from a Mexico City flight led to the discovery of narcotics. In an Immigration and Customs Enforcement-led operation on Feb. 19, 2011, CBP officers uncovered 21 kilos of cocaine inside a suitcase from Mexico City, she said.
The cocaine was covered in a yellow, wrapping material and immersed in perfume, she said.
Mathews said it is believed that, in both instances, the presence of officers deterred internal conspirators from retrieving the load.
— M.J. Subiria Arauz