Customs officers seize opium at LAX
The opium, valued at $52,000, was found late last week hidden in the linings of two suitcases belonging to a 28-year-old citizen arriving from Amsterdam, the Department of Homeland Security said.
The suitcases were unusually heavy, federal authorities said, and officers found five packages wrapped in carbon paper and cellophane. The man was arrested and turned over to federal officials.
On Jan. 13, an Iranian national was arrested at LAX after officers found nearly 5 pounds of opium hidden in a false bottom of a handbag, according to federal authorities.
-- Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Opium confiscated at LAX. Credit: Department of Homeland Security