Cocaine hidden in shoes found at Atlanta airport, officials say; woman arrested

ATLANTA — Shoes are made for walking, not for smuggling drugs.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it found several pounds of cocaine hidden in an unusual way: packed inside of shoes.

On Sunday, officials said a woman arriving to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from Jamaica was stopped by CBP officers.

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When authorities examined the 21-year-old’s bags, they said they found seven pairs of shoes with white powdery substance on the bottoms. After testing, the substance tested positive for cocaine.


The drugs weighed about three pounds and had a street value estimated at $40,000, CBP officials said.

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

On a typical day, CBP said it seizes an average of 3,677 pounds of drugs.

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