AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 21: Drug detection equipment, cocaine and seized packages are pictured at the Auckland Airport Customs Air Cargo Inspection Facility on August 21, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. The New Zealand Prime Minister has allocated $335,000 to customs to enhance frontline screening at the border.

And for your stupid news of the day. US Customs and Border Protection arrested a man at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday. The man had 23 pounds of cocaine concealed in his wheelchair. Alexander Lopez-Morel was charged with felony trafficking cocaine. He was traveling to Charlotte from the Dominican Republic. He is a legal United States resident.

CBP officers discovered packages in the seat cushions containing the substance that was determined to be cocaine. According to WCNC 4 packages were discovered. The “street value” of the cocaine? $378,000.

Lopez-Morel was arrested and the cocaine and wheelchair have been turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, as well as Queen City’s Border Enforcement Security Team (BEST) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.


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