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Cocaine Worth $378k Stuffed In Wheelchair Seized @ U.S Airport

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport uncovered 23 pounds of cocaine hidden inside an electric wheelchair of a disabled passenger.

According to a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) media release, officials at the North Carolina airport discovered concealed packages of a “white powdery substance” in the motorized chair of 22-year-old Alexander Lopez-Morel.

Lopez-Morel, a US citizen, was flying in from the Dominican Republic when on inspection of his wheelchair, four packages hidden within the seat cushions were found.

Wheelchair before the discovery

The substances were field-tested and identified as cocaine with estimated street value of $378,000.

Lopez-Morel was arrested, and Homeland Security Investigations special agents, Queen City’s Border Enforcement Security Team, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department took the cocaine and wheelchair for further investigation.

Lope-Morel is charged with felony trafficking in cocaine.

Drug seizure statistics showed that 34,700 pounds of cocaine have been seized inside the US in the 2022 fiscal year.