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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 08/12/2011

18 pounds of cocaine found on Dulles flight


(Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Customs officers discovered more than 18 pounds of cocaine concealed in the cargo hold of a commercial flight at Dulles International Airport Wednesday, authorities said.

A drug-sniffing dog got a hit during a routine inspection of the Avianca Airlines plane, which had just arrived from Bogota, Columbia, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said.

When officers investigated, they found seven packages taped behind a
Officers discovered the cocaine concealed in a cargo hold. (Courtesy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
cargo hold panel. The packages tested positive for cocaine. Authorities estimated the drugs had a street value of $580,000.

Customs officials did not announce any arrests in connection with the find, but said the investigation is ongoing.

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