Agents find cocaine-filled clams at D.C. airport
U.S. Customs officers allegedly discovered that a 26-year-old man from El Salvador was carrying clams stuffed with cocaine through Dulles Airport Saturday.
Shortly after 2:00 a.m., David Pocasangre Vaquiz was arrested after authorities found that 15 of the 80 clams he was carrying were being used to smuggle baggies of cocaine. They said that the clams had been pried open, filled with drugs and then glued shut.
In total, 152 grams, or 5.36 ounces, of cocaine were found. The street value would have been about $10,000, according to NBC Washington.
“Smugglers attempt all types of creative concealment methods to sneak their deadly poison into the United States and this is one of the oddest we’ve seen,” Washington, D.C. Customs and Border Protection port director Christopher Hess said.
“It could very well be that they were experimenting with that method,” he added. “We don’t think they will try that again.”
Late last month, Orthodox Greek mourners were mistakenly served biscuits with cocaine topping. Police in Athens confiscated more than 60 grams of cocaine that was being smuggled by a Bulgarian man who worked a local bakery.