"High Fashion" Seized at BWI

Heroin smuggled in dress buttons

By Caitlin O'Brien
|  Thursday, Nov 11, 2010  |  Updated 1:47 PM EDT
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"High Fashion" Seized at BWI

Plenty of women would wear a dress imported from the Philippines, but not so many would wear this kind of accessory.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents intercepted a package containing dresses when it arrived from the Philippines last week, according to court documents. However, the buttons probably would not have been that effective. Inside the buttons, authorities found a tan, powdery substance wrapped in plastic.

The substance turned out to be $50,000 worth of heroin, the Washington Examiner reported.

The seizure allowed authorities to conduct a sting operation at the Baltimore home of the intended recipient of the garments. James Geter, 50, and Michael Anderson, 54, are now facing charges of conspiracy to import a controlled substance.

According to documents, Geter and Anderson told police they were holding a package for a drug dealer who planned to compensate them for it.


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