The bulge on a traveller’s shirt caught the attention of customs officials at Charlotte Airport, and upon closer inspection, they found a white, powdery substance.
The substance turned out to be 6 pounds of cocaine with an estimated market value of around $ 215,000, US customs and border protection officials said in a press release on Wednesday.
Xavier E. Ramirez, 23, of Brandon, Fla., Has been charged with criminal possession and trafficking of cocaine, according to CBP.
Ramirez arrived at Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the Dominican Republic on Saturday, wearing a jacket and shirt. When customs removed his jacket, they noticed the bulge and the substance which then tested positive for cocaine, CBP said.
“Every day that customs and border protection officers can stop dangerous drugs from reaching our communities is a big day,” Barry Chastain, CBP’s Charlotte Regional Port Manager, said in a statement.
Ramirez was turned over to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for prosecution and is being held by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
CBP seized an average of 3,677 pounds of dangerous drugs each day in the United States last year, the federal agency said.