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Man caught smuggling cocaine in Easter candy

A Miami man was arrested at LAX when officers discovered cocaine disguised as Easter egg candy in his luggage on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

December 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Miami man was arrested at LAX on Thursday when officers discovered cocaine disguised as Easter egg candy in his luggage, said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents said Esteban Galtes, 23, tried to hide more than 14 pounds of cocaine in the form of pastel-colored fake candies under the cardboard bottom of a paper shopping bag.

The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $100,000.

Galtes, who was returning from a weeklong trip to Colombia, initially told officers the candy was for his two children.

"Drug traffickers are always trying novel ways to conceal their contraband," said Carlos Martel, acting director of Los Angeles field operations for Customs and Border Protection.

Galtes is charged with importation of a controlled substance. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday.


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