London Man Smuggled Cocaine in Religious Statues: Customs

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 4:18 PM EDT
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London Man Smuggled Cocaine in Religious Statues: Customs

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U.S. customs officials said they've arrested a British man at a Washington-area airport after officers found cocaine concealed inside religious statues and a shoulder bag.

Customs and Border Protection officials announced Tuesday that 47-year-old Stephen James Ingle of London was arrested at Dulles International Airport last week as he traveled from Argentina to London.

A customs officer suspected that the bag and two statues were heavier than they should be and an X-ray revealed anomalies. In the bag, there were two sandwich-sized bags with a pound of cocaine in each and more cocaine was found inside the statues of the Madonna holding baby Jesus and Joseph, officials said.

Ingle was arrested on narcotics charges and has a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.

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