Cocaine-Filled Bed Post Knobs Nabbed at Dulles

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:19 PM EDT
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Caught at Dulles Customs

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It wasn't a notch in a bed post, but the bed post knobs themselves that tipped off customs agents at Dulles International Airport to a stash of cocaine with a street value of about $17,000.

The cocaine-filled bed post knobs were seized by Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles last week. They were in a group of goods carried by a courier aboard a Taca Airlines flight that arrived at about 11 p.m. Thursday from El Salvador.

During a secondary examination, an x-ray detected an anomaly inside the knobs.  Officers dug into the knobs and found a "white, powdery substance" that field-tested positive for the presence of cocaine. The stash totaled 245 grams, or about 8.64 ounces.

Suffice it to say, the knobs never made it to their destination in New York, and instead will be destroyed.

The courier, on the other hand, was released to return to El Salvador.

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