Man Caught Toting Heroin Through BWI

Suspect's suitcase had an unusually thick bottom

By Michelle Tetu
|  Friday, Jan 29, 2010  |  Updated 5:05 PM EDT
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Man Caught Toting Heroin Through BWI

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

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A bulky bag and a lack of a decent back story got a Baltimore man flagged by Customs and Border Patrol Tuesday evening.

Suleiman Zakaria was in the passenger arrivals area at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, when he was "randomly" selected for a secondary screening by one of the officers.

Zakaria, 26, had just returned from a trip to Ghana but couldn't give a consistent answer about why he'd gone there, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesperson.

And his suitcase had an unusually thick bottom.

Officials pulled the Baltimore resident aside and searched the bulky-looking luggage. Inside, officers found seven pounds of heroin worth $430,000, officials said. Officers also seized $5,980 in cash.

How he got the drugs past his point of departure in the first place is unknown.

Zakaria is currently in federal lockup facing a number of drug charges.

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