Man Caught With 23 Pounds Of Cocaine In His Wheelchair At Airport
An arriving passenger at Charlotte Douglas International Airport rolled up to border protection on a cocaine-filled wheelchair and was caught red-handed... I mean, white-nosed.
Alexa, play "They see me rollin' they hatin' patrollin' and tryna catch me ridin' dirty."
On May 31st a 22-year-old man identified as Alexander A. Lopez-Morel arrived in Charlotte NC on a flight from the Dominican Republic. Lopez-Morel was operating an electric wheelchair through the airport.
As he encountered the Customs and Border Protection Officers, an inspection was conducted of the chair. CBP officers found packages of a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.
Four packages containing over 23 pounds of cocaine were hidden within the motorized chair. An estimated street value of $378,000.
Barry Chastain, CBP Area Port Director Charlotte said, “This seizure demonstrates the dynamic border environment in which CBP officers operate at CLT. Our officers are determined to adapt and respond to these threats in an effort to stop narcotics from reaching our communities.”
According to the CPB website, Customs and Border Protection Officers "screen international travelers and cargo and search for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the American public, U.S. businesses, and our nation’s safety and economic vitality."
Lopez-Morel was arrested and charged with felony trafficking in cocaine. The cocaine and wheelchair were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, Queen City’s Border Enforcement Security Team (BEST) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for further investigation.
I really believe the man was playing this song as he rolled through the airport on his cocaine-filled wheelchair.
Read More Here: CBP.gov