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.