Mark Rockwell
Government Security News
January 3, 2013

The older woman traveling from Ghana to Washington Dulles International Airport on Christmas Eve didn’t really look like a smuggler, but Customs and Border Protection agents know looks can be deceiving.

Nana Tweneboah arrived at Dulles on a flight from Ghana via Amsterdam, shortly after 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, said CBP. She was reportedly destined to an address in Alexandria, VA, to visit with her son and daughter.

However, CBP said the “present” Tweneboah had in her luggage now has the 68-year-old woman facing federal narcotics smuggling charges.

According to court documents, CBP officers noticed Tweneboah’s black suitcase remained unusually heavy despite being emptied of its contents. A CBP officer inspected the lining of the suitcase and discovered a large, single package concealed within the bottom lining of the suitcase. That package allegedly contained a brown, powdery substance, a sample of which field-tested positive for heroin.

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