Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted 10 pounds of marijuana at Washington Dulles International Airport that were hidden in luggage bound for Nigeria this week.
Authorities inspecting checked baggage for a scheduled flight to Nigeria discovered vacuum-sealed bags containing weed hidden inside clothing inside a suitcase.
The marijuana cumulatively weighed about 10 pounds and six ounces. The drugs had a resale value in the United States of $8,000 and an estimated resale value in Nigeria of $30,000.
The narcotic is illegal for both recreational and medical use in Nigeria.
Authorities noted the strangeness of the incident. With the abundance of marijuana on the global black market, trying to smuggle it nearly 5,500 miles via a commercial flight to Lagos is an unusual strategy.
“Sometimes we come across illicit products, but intercepting a marijuana shipment crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Nigeria is quite unusual with the abundance of marijuana available worldwide,” said Kim Der-Yeghiayan, Acting Regional Director. from CBP’s regional port in Washington, DC.
Customs and Border Protection officers have been unable to locate the traveler associated with the suitcase and the investigation is ongoing.