A Reader Reports On A Deportation That Should Probably Have Been An Arrest

From: An Anonymous Outraged Reader[Email him]

A Honduran woman was stopped at Dulles Airport  and found to be carrying  1.5 pounds of cocaine.

Instead of being arrested, she was sent home and cannot come back for five years or more. Putting it another way, she will be allowed to reenter the US, in only five years.

Cocaine Caramels’ Confiscated at Dulles International Airport

Woman reportedly hid 1.5 pounds of the drug inside of candies; she arrived Wednesday on a flight from El Salvador.

By Mary Ann Barton, The Clarendon Patch, August 8, 2014

A woman flying into DC from El Salvador was apparently hiding cocaine inside sugar cane sweets, officials discovered Wednesday at Dulles Airport, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles 53e5502f6c74d[1]International Airport seized more than one and a half pounds of cocaine from the Honduran woman Wednesday; the cocaine was concealed inside caramelized sugar cane sweets.(Pictured right.)

Among other things she was carrying, CBP officers discovered a brown cone-shaped package wrapped in cellophane. The woman stated they were caramelized sugar cane sweets originating in Honduras. A CBP officer probed one of the sweets with a knife and discovered a white, powdery substance on the blade that field-tested positive for cocaine. CBP officers inspected the rest of the sweets and were able to extract the cocaine from all eight pieces. The total weight of the cocaine was slightly less than 1 pound, 10 ounces. This cocaine could have a street value of more than $80,000.

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After extensive interviews, authorities were satisfied that she was a courier. After completion of her immigration processing by CBP she was returned abroad the same day and is barred from returning to the United States for a minimum of five years.

“Every day at Washington Dulles International Airport we welcome thousands of legitimate business travelers to the United States,” said Biondi. “But this is one type of business that we just can’t allow into the U.S.”

During fiscal year 2013, which spans Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013, CBP officers at Washington Dulles International Airport intercepted a little more than 12 pounds of cocaine in four seizures. [Emphasis added]

Does 12 pounds in a year seem to be a small amount?