Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New York man arrested after passing heroin at Washington Dulles International Airport (KIAD) Washington, District of Columbia.

By WILL THOMAS/myfoxdc

STERLING, Va. - Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Dulles International Airport made an arrest of another man attempting to smuggle 86 pellets of heroin inside his stomach. This is the second such arrest in less than two weeks.

Officers became suspicious of Michael Babatunde Ayodele, 19, of Queens, N.Y., who was returning on a flight from Nigeria Thursday. CBP Supervisor, Christopher Downing said Ayodele's reasons for being in Nigeria signaled inconsistencies which triggered a secondary screening by officers.

While being questioned, officers said Ayodele asked to use the bathroom, and at that time, he is accused of passing 55 thumb-sized pellets that field-tested positive for heroin.

Supervisor Downing told FOX 5 officers shut off the water to the bathroom because they were suspicious and that is when he said Ayodele tried to hide the pellets in a hole in the wall.

CBP officers then transported Ayodele to a local hospital where Ayodele passed an additional 31 pellets.
The 86 pellets had a combined weight of 1,089 grams, or more than two pounds, six ounces, and an approximate real street value of about a half million dollars, according to CBP officers, because what they discovered is in pure form before it is cut for distribution.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia is prosecuting Ayodele.


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