Sixty-one year old Olanrewaju Foashade Halimat arrived at Dulles from Ethiopia on September 22nd, according to a CBP press release.
Officials said they routinely conduct random inspection operations on arriving and departing passengers, looking for drugs, weapons, and other prohibited products.
During an interview with Halimat, who is from Nigeria, CBP officers allegedly found inconsistencies in her story. They later x-rayed her and discovered "foreign objects" inside her abdomen. At that time, they filed a criminal affidavit against her. Halimat passed those objects, which turned out to be 47 pellets of heroin, officials said. They weighed about 500 grams, with a street value of $35,000.
CBP officers turned Halimat and the heroin over to the U.S. Customs and Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigation agents. The U.S. Attorney's Office is now prosecuting Halimat.
Ingesting narcotics pellets is a high-risk proposition which can lead to almost certain overdose if it breaches inside a carrier's intestines, CBP officials said.
CBP said the charges and allegations in criminal complaints are accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.