8 lbs. of heroin seized at NJ airport

November 9, 2009 9:21:22 AM PST
Customs officials have arrested a man they say tried to smuggle 8 pounds of heroin in his luggage on a flight from Guatemala City to Newark Liberty International Airport.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers arrested Guatemalan citizen Jose Arevalo on Oct. 31 after he was selected for routine baggage inspection. Inspectors say they found an unusually thick supportive backing on bags Arevalo was carrying, as well as false compartments in his luggage that contained a brown powder-like substance.

Authorities say the substance tested positive for heroin and has an estimated street value of nearly $370,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey, which is handling the case, wasn't immediately sure if Arevalo has retained a lawyer.

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