Man caught with suspicious shampoo at Dulles

July 5, 2013
The suspicious shampoo bottles confiscated at Dulles International Airport. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The suspicious shampoo bottles confiscated at Dulles International Airport. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Whether the suspicious white powder concealed in three shampoos bottles would lead to softer, shinier hair is still unknown, but what it did result in was the arrest of a 39-year-old man on suspicion of importing a controlled substance.

Last Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Guatemalan courier Eric Eduardo Estacuy Juarez, after catching him with the suspicious toiletries after he arrived at Dulles International Airport. Estacuy Juarez was flying from Guatemala through Panama when he was referred to a routine secondary examination as is policy for arriving couriers.

That’s when CBP officers spotted the suspicious shampoo bottles that allegedly were  constructed with double walls. According to court documents, officers cut one of the bottles open and  found what appeared to be a white powdery substance wrapped in cellophane that allegedly field-tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

In total, officials said there were just over two pounds of cocaine — with a street value of about $60,000.

CBP officers discovered narcotics in six shipments carried by Guatemalan couriers during the last four months of 2012. The total weight of those six cocaine seizures was 29 pounds, 11 ounces. In December, CPB officers caught another Guatemalan courier at Dulles when he attempted to bring just over two pounds of cocaine in concealed in the double-wall of stew jars.

Alas, this was not the first time the shampoo bottle trick has been tried. In March, CBP arrested Mehdi Moshirian, 63, of Pleasant Hill, Calif., at Dulles with about five ounces of opium concealed in a shampoo and lotion bottles.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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