Customs: Woman hid $40K of cocaine in shoes at Atlanta airport

"Shoes are made for walking and not smuggling narcotics," officials said


By Brandon Sapienza
New York Daily News

ATLANTA — US Customs and Border Patrol officers arrested a 21-year-old at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for allegedly smuggling 3 pounds of cocaine inside the soles of seven pairs of shoes.

In a statement, CBP said they arrested the unidentified woman after taking her for further inspection following her arrival on a flight from Jamaica.

CBP officers at Atlanta airport find 3 pounds of cocaine in these shoes.
CBP officers at Atlanta airport find 3 pounds of cocaine in these shoes. (Customs and Border Patrol)

“Shoes are made for walking and not smuggling narcotics,” CBP said in the statement.

“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.”

After the cocaine was properly identified by authorities, it was estimated that the total value of the narcotics had a street value of $40,000.

The woman was promptly turned over to the Clayton County Police Department according to the statement.

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