NEWARK — U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Newark Liberty International Airport discovered heroin concealed in bottles of scotch on New Year’s Eve.
On Saturday, Dec. 31, CBP officers intercepted and arrested a Colombian national who was allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly 25 pounds of heroin into the United States. Wilfer Bohorquez Rojo, 53 arrived on Saturday afternoon, his flight originating from Medellin, Colombia.
Bohorquez Rojo, a resident of Miami, Florida, was selected for a baggage examination and admitted to the ownership of two pieces of checked luggage, authorities said. During a search of that luggage, a brown powdery substance was discovered concealed in packages of plastic flags and between glued photographs. Those substances tested positive for heroin, according to authorities. After further scrutiny, four bottles of Royal Salute Scotch were found to contain packages of a substance that also tested positive for heroin. The total amount of the narcotic seized was nearly 25 pounds, officials said.
“Heroin is a dangerous narcotic and CBP does its part in keeping these drugs off the streets.” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations. “Our officers are determined to protect the American people from these illicit substances.”
The approximate street value of the seized narcotic is nearly $700,000 U.S. dollars.
Bohorquez Rojo was turned over to agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations. He now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey.
All criminal defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
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