A Canadian citizen was indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria yesterday on charges that he imported seven pounds of cocaine into Dulles International Airport aboard a flight from Lima, Peru, last month.
Andre J. Dodier, 37, was indicted on charges of importing and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and traveling in interstate commerce in aid of racketeering.
According to Drug Enforcement Agency officials, on Oct. 27 a specially trained U.S. Customs Office dog named Pete sniffed out the drugs, located behind a ceiling panel in the planes' restroom. The plane had stopped briefly at Dulles en route to New York from Lima.
Two plainclothes customs inspectors and an officer from DEA boarded the plane at Dulles and arrested Dodier at John F. Kennedy International Airport when he allegedly tried to retrieve the durg, according to the DEA. The cocaine had a street or retail value of about $2 million.
The same grand jury yesterday also indicted Roland Horst, a Northern Virginia man, in a different drug case. Horst is charged with conspiracy to import cocaine and using the mails to do it by allegedly having small amounts of cocaine wrapped in newspapers and sent to him from another person in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Horst allegedly received through the rolled newspapers a total of about two ounces of cocaine on five different occasions, according to the indictment. The drugs were sent to Horst at 6704 Lenclair St., Alexandria and 2105 Catly Lane, McLean.