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Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Cocaine smuggled in bedknobs

Bedknobs and cocaine? Doesn’t have quite the same ring as the children’s movie “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” but that's exactly what Customs and Border Patrol agents discovered at Dulles International Airport Thursday night.

Authorities inspecting commercial items from a courier on a Taca Airlines flight from El Salvador found 245 grams of cocaine after passing the goods through an x-ray, officials said in a statement.  The x-ray detected “an anomaly” inside the wooden bedpost knobs of an expensive bed frame, and officers dug into the knobs and discovered the drugs.

The street value is estimated at $17,000, and investigators believe the bed frame was headed to an address in New York. The courier was not charged with a crime and was permitted to return to El Salvador, officials said.

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