Thirty four year old Long Beach resident, Rogelio Mauricio Harris, is suspected of attempting to smuggle at least four pounds of methamphetamine out of the United States via what appeared to be individually wrapped chocolate covered candy bars.
On Friday, July 27, at Los Angeles International Airport federal customs officials arrested the Long Beach man as he attempted to board an international flight to Japan with the individually-wrapped chocolate-covered meth bars.
United States Customs and Border Protection’s Homeland Security Investigations followed up on their suspicions of the large box of what appeared to be candy bars. Upon further investigation they discovered forty-five individually-wrapped chocolate-coated bars of a white powder that was later determined to be methamphetamine.
Apparently, Harris’s reasoning for coating the bars in chocolate was to make them appear as candy bars. All around the globe, this is the most new method of illegally transporting drugs.
In total, the chocolate-coated meth bars amounted to approximately four pounds of methamphetamine or 1,900 grams. In the Japan, the black market value of the methamphetamine is $250,000.00.
According to court documents, Harris has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with an intention to distribute. He faces upwards of life in prison, with a minimum of 10 years in prison.
Original Article: losangeles.cbslocal.com
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