Customs agents: Traveler hid cocaine in oil, vinegar bottles
Oct. 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a passenger arriving at New York's Kennedy Airport had 11 pounds of liquid cocaine packed into oil and vinegar bottles.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the cocaine was found Oct. 5 when Andres Josue Leal Valle (ahn-DREHS' ho-SWAY' lay-AHL' VAH'-yay) arrived with three suitcases and a carry-on bag.
Agents say they opened bottles of oil and vinegar in Leal Valle's luggage and detected an unusual chemical odor.
Customs officials say the liquid in six bottles tested positive for cocaine. They say the total weight of the cocaine was 11 pounds and the street value was $194,000.
The case is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security.
No information on an attorney for Leal Valle was immediately available.
Leal Valle is a citizen of Guatemala.