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Woman arrested at Atlanta airport for smuggling cocaine in shoes

“Shoes are made for walking and not smuggling narcotics,” US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) mentioned in a news launch.

The Georgia girl, who wasn’t named, was getting back from Jamaica on Sunday when brokers pulled her apart for additional inspection, in line with the news launch. It didn’t say why she was flagged.

Upon examination of her luggage, officers discovered a white powdery substance hid in the bottoms of seven pairs of shoes, the news launch says. The substance field-tested optimistic for cocaine, the discharge mentioned.

In pictures shared by CBP, the shoes, starting from sneakers to sandals and even a pair of wedges, are organized on a desk after officers took them aside. In the only of every shoe and inserted in the heel of the wedge, a package deal of cocaine might be seen.

Cocaine was found insde the heel of a shoe.
This is not the primary time smugglers have tried to cover medicine in the soles of their shoes. In December, CBP mentioned a drug-sniffing canine at the checkpoint in Yuma sniffed out greater than a pound of fentanyl that was duct-taped contained in the shoes of an Arizona man.

On a typical day, border brokers seize greater than 3,600 kilos of medicine, in line with CBP.

“Smugglers go through great lengths to conceal drugs from our officers,” Paula Rivera, CBP port director for the Area Port of Atlanta, mentioned in the news launch. “Narcotics interdiction remains a priority CBP enforcement mission, one that we take very seriously.”

Officials estimate that the three kilos of cocaine they discovered in the girl’s shoes has a avenue worth of $40,000. The girl was turned over to the Clayton County Police Department for prosecution, in line with CBP.

“Criminal charges are merely allegations,’ reads the release. “Defendants are presumed harmless till confirmed responsible in a courtroom of regulation.”

CNN has reached out to the Clayton County police for extra info on the girl and the costs she faces.

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