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Traveler arrested at LAX on suspicion of smuggling cocaine in Easter egg candy

It was an unexpected Easter egg hunt in December.

Esteban Galtes, 23, of Miami, was arrested Thursday night at Los Angeles International Airport after federal agents searched his luggage and discovered more than 14 pounds of cocaine, much of it hidden in pastel-covered, egg-shaped candy, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities.

Galtes told authorities the candy was for his two children.

The remainder of the cocaine was hidden under the cardboard bottom of a paper shopping bag, authorities said. The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $100,000.

Galtes was returning to the United States after a one-week trip to Colombia, authorities said. If convicted of "importation of a controlled substance," Galtes could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison.  

“Drug traffickers are always trying novel ways to conceal their contraband,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of ICE’s investigations in Los Angeles. “But cocaine camouflaged as Easter candy is one of the more unusual tactics we’ve come across. Obviously two days before Christmas, this defendant didn’t expect his trip would end with federal officers conducting an Easter egg hunt.”

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities intercepted a cache of cocaine that was hidden inside candy Easter eggs. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Comments () | Archives (32)

just gives the lowlifes more to to invent--why do they advertise it??

Wow! Another Einstein criminal mastermind.

Galtes was returning to the United States after a one-week trip to Colombia, authorities said.

Life in prison seems too extreme, murderers an rapists deserve life sentences.

It's a good thing his kids didn't eat the candy after all!!

It's a great news that a smuggler is final in his place,i.e.,prison...I hate the guys who do such type of activities....

Oh, so he's pumping his two kids full of cocaine? Jail is too good for this drug trafficker, why not strap him into the gas chamber at San Quentin and drop three Easter Eggs of cyanide crystal into the water bucket under his feet?

Feel good publicity for the lost and counterproductive, so called war on drugs.

With this the American saps are good for another month to justify the Customs, DEA , and the "Thousands Standing Around" (TSA) waste.

The list of lost American wars is getting lengthy at the twilight of the empire.

Stop reading and go give more money to Bell and CA and Washington.

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