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Cocaine Tamales(HOUSTON) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport stop a man accused of trying to smuggle nearly 7 ounces of cocaine packed inside tamales.

According to Customs officers, a 46-year-old El Salvadorian man was traveling from Houston to New York Aug. 20 when Customs and Border Protection officers selected him for additional screening.

Investigators said during the examination of his luggage, officers discovered a box containing 200 tamales not disclosed on the traveler’s declaration.

During closer examination, Customs officers said they found nine separate bags containing a white substance stuffed within some of the tamales.  The substance tested positive for cocaine, Customs and Border Protection officials said.

“This type of seizure speaks to our level of commitment in disrupting criminal activity despite the concealment method,” said CBP Service Port Director Beverly Good.

Customs officials said the cocaine was seized and the traveler was turned over to the Houston Police Department.

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