NJ Officials: Suspects Smuggled Liquid Cocaine Past Airport Security In Bottles Of Lotion

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (1010 WINS) — A 16-month long investigation has netted 18 arrests in an international drug smuggling ring that officials said was nearly impossible to detect.

Hudson County Prosecutor Edward De Fazio said the suspects did trial runs and deliveries from Peru to the United States over several months to perfect their transportation method.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: De Fazio says it was a highly scientific operation 

The suspects apparently masked the cocaine in bottles of lotion making it easy to store in luggage and get past airport security. The drug would later be converted back into powder and sold on the streets, officials said.

“It’s a scientific process, obviously, that is not familiar to us,” De Fazio said. “It is a very unique situation.

Investigators seized over two kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $150,000, a loaded handgun and $30,000 in cash.

De Fazio said the alleged operation ran out of Hudson and Essex counties.

  • Dave

    Bear in mind that TSA does NOT have the authority to search for drugs. Their charter is strictly to ensure that weapons and the like don’t get through (I worded that badly, but I hope you can see what I’m saying). TSA is not a law enforcement authority and has no powers of arrest, regardless of what they imply from time to time. If some drugs got through, that’s bad, but it’s not what TSA is looking for.

    Note that I’m no fan of TSA, but on this one point they should not be faulted.

  • Vic

    Sooooo!!! Drug smuggling managed to get past airport security but TSA agents insist on molesting 6 year olds. Good job, creeps!!!!!

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