A New Jersey man was gotten at an air terminal with in excess of 30 pounds of cocaine buried in his electric wheelchair, specialists said.
Gabriel Ruiz, 34, of Union City, was caught on June 20 at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where he was getting back from an outing to the Dominican Republic, as per US Customs and Border Protection authorities.
Specialists utilizing a X-beam machine during an optional assessment found 13 plastic-wrapped blocks containing a white fine substance inside the seat and back pads of Ruiz’s Jazzy 614 electric wheelchair.
Ensuing field test units decided the bundles contained 30 pounds and 3 ounces of cocaine – with an expected road worth of almost $1 million, CBP authorities said.
Ruiz was captured on crime opiates importation and ownership charges. It’s hazy if he’s employed a lawyer who would remark for his benefit.
The noteworthy bust came just weeks after US Customs and Border Protection agents caught a man with 23 pounds of cocaine hidden in his electric wheelchair at an airport in North Carolina. Alexander Lopez-Morel, 22, was also returning from the Dominican Republic when he was arrested at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on May 31, authorities said.
“Concealing dangerous drugs inside wheelchair seat cushions is unusual,”
CBP’s Thomas Heffernan said in a statement.
“Transnational criminal organizations work very hard to conceal their illicit drugs, but this cocaine seizure proves once again that Customs and Border Protection officers are up to the task of protecting our communities by finding the drug gangs’ creatively concealed contraband.”
CBP agents seize an average of 4,732 pounds of drugs daily at air, land and sea points of entry, the agency said.