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Customs officers in New Jersey find 5 pounds of cocaine in spandex shorts

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Ben Hooper
These spandex shorts really accentuated an air traveler's package -- of cocaine. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
These spandex shorts really accentuated an air traveler's package -- of cocaine. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

NEWARK, N.J., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Customs officers in New Jersey said they found about 5 pounds of cocaine not-so-cleverly concealed inside a traveler's spandex shorts.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers at Newark Liberty International Airport intercepted passenger Rowald Thomas Tromp, a Netherlands national arriving in the United States from Oranjestad, Aruba.

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Officers said they found a pair of spandex shorts in Tromp's backpack that contained two large packages.

The white substance inside the packages tested positive for cocaine. The approximately 5 pounds of cocaine had an estimated street value of $78,000.

"This latest seizure demonstrates the steadfastness of the CBP officers on the ground to detect and deter those who would try to import these illegal substances," said Robert E. Perez, director of Field Operations New York. "CBP is ever vigilant in our daily battle against the flow of illicit narcotics being smuggled into the United States."

Tromp was turned over to the Port Authority Police Department to face state charges.

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