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Woman arrested at Atlanta airport for smuggling cocaine in shoes

May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Woman found smuggling cocaine in 7 pairs of shoes at ATL Hartsfield-Jackson airport on Sunday

A 21-year-old woman was arrested at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for attempting to smuggle three pounds of cocaine hidden in the soles of seven pairs of shoes, customs officials said Tuesday.

(CNN)A 21-year-old woman was arrested at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for attempting to smuggle three pounds of cocaine hidden in the soles of seven pairs of shoes, customs officials said Tuesday.

"Shoes are made for walking and not smuggling narcotics," US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a news release.

Upon examination of her bags, officers found a white powdery substance concealed in the bottoms of seven pairs of shoes, the news release says.

In images shared by CBP, the shoes, ranging from sneakers to sandals and even a pair of wedges, are arranged on a table after officers took them apart.

In December, CBP said a drug-sniffing dog at the checkpoint in Yuma sniffed out more than a pound of fentanyl that was duct-taped inside the shoes of an Arizona man.

"Smugglers go through great lengths to conceal drugs from our officers," Paula Rivera, CBP port director for the Area Port of Atlanta, said in the news release.

Officials estimate that the three pounds of cocaine they found in the woman's shoes has a street value of $40,000.

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