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Dulles Customs Catches Another Heroin Smuggler

Both men from Nigeria



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    In the course of two weeks, customs agents at Dulles captured two Nigerian men carrying a combined three pounds of heroin between them.

    The latest incident happened on January 16.  Investigators said a New York City resident returning from Nigeria gave two different stories when questioned by customs officers.

    They said during a secondary interview, Michael Babatunde, 19, of Queens, asked to use the bathroom.  According to U.S. Customs officials, Babatunde then deposited 55 thumb-sized pellets in an airport toilet.  The pellets tested positive for heroin.

    Babatunde was transported to a nearby hospital, where he evacuated another 31 pellets.  In total, he expelled 2 pounds and 6 ounces of heroin, investigators said, with an approximate street value of $78,000.