On Tuesday, a man has been arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina, after he was stopped in the city’s airport with more than 23 pounds of cocaine concealed in the seat cushions of a motorized wheelchair.

The federal agency said 22-year-old Alexander A. Lopez-Morel arrived in the United States on a flight from the Dominican Republic when CBP officers inspected the electric wheelchair and made the discovery.

The four packages found inside the wheelchair were estimated to have a street value of $378,000.

Mike Prado, a Homeland Security Investigations deputy special agent, told WSOC-TV:

“His answers didn’t match up. His physical purported handicap did not match up. That was a tell-tale sign that there was something suspicious.”

Richard Killian, another passenger at the airport said:

“That’s unbelievable. That’s crazy. What I am really upset and concerned about are our young people being bombarded with drugs.”

The 22-year-old man was charged with trafficking cocaine. Officials say he was a lawful, permanent U.S. resident.

WSOC-TV 9 report noted:

“Drug trafficking through Charlotte Douglas is such a concern that Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and local police launched a new border enforcement security task force in March.”

According to Daily Wire,Since 2021, investigators have seized more than $5 million from drug dealers using the airport to traffic fentanyl, cocaine, meth, and marijuana.”

CBP Charlotte Area Port Director Barry Chastain said in a statement:

“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 reaching our communities.”

Sources: DailyWire, WSOC-TV 9

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