U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Dulles International Airport seized over one pound or heroin concealed inside lollipops on April 14.
The man, who requested entry as a courier on business, arrived on a flight from El Salvador, according to a release from CBP. As a courier, he was referred for a routine secondary examination to have his packages inspected.
A CBP officer inspected the bags of candy and found 1.56 pounds of a powdery substance that field tested positive for heroin properties concealed inside the lollipops’ candy shell, CBP Officials said in a release.
After interviewing the courier, authorities were satisfied that he was an unwitting accomplice and he was not criminally charged. However, CBP found him inadmissible and he will have to obtain another visa in order to re-enter the United States in the future.
The man’s name has not been released since he was not criminally charged.
According to CBP, the organization seizes an average of 9,435 pounds of illicit narcotics every day across the nation’s 328 international ports of entry.