Thursday, February 02, 2006

50 pounds of cocaine found in suitcase at S.F. airport

Mercury News
An abandoned suitcase containing close to 50 pounds of cocaine was found at San Francisco International Airport, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials reported today.

The find is the largest single seizure of cocaine ever at the San Francisco airport.

The suitcase turned up in the international terminal on Jan. 12. Investigators are not commenting on what it looks like, where it might have come from or who might have brought it into the United States, Virginia Kice, an ICE spokeswoman, said.

``We have an open and ongoing investigation so we're not talking a lot about it,'' she said.

The Bay Area street value of the 22 kilograms of cocaine would probably be about $500,000, although that figure would vary depending on the drug's purity and country of origin, said Casey McEnry, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Cocaine brought into the U.S. from overseas is unlikely to have been adulterated, so anyone selling it here could increase their profits and the drug's cost by adding other substances to it, McEnry said.


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