COCAINE FOUND IN ABANDONED SUITCASE AT SFO
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By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
February 2, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BCN) - An unusual
lost luggage item -- an abandoned suitcase containing close to
50 pounds of cocaine -- represents the largest single seizure
of cocaine ever at San Francisco International Airport, Immigration
and Customs Enforcement officials reported today.
The suitcase turned up in the international terminal on Jan.
12. Investigators are not commenting on what it looks like, where
it might have come from or who might have brought it into the
United States, Virginia Kice, an ICE spokeswoman, said.
"We have an open and ongoing investigation so we're not
talking a lot about it,'' Kice said.
The Bay Area street value of the 22 kilograms of cocaine would
probably be about $2 million, although that figure would vary
depending on the drug's purity and country of origin, said Casey
McEnry, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Cocaine brought into the U.S. from overseas is unlikely to have
been adulterated, so anyone selling it here could increase their
profits and the drug's cost by adding other substances to it,
"I would be quite surprised if someone shows up to claim
this piece of lost luggage,'' Kice added.
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