CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – An arriving passenger at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was arrested after cocaine was found hidden in an electric wheelchair, authorities said.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 22-year-old Alexander Lopez-Morel, a resident of the U.S., arrived in Charlotte on a flight from the Dominican Republic on Tuesday and was utilizing the wheelchair.
During an examination by CPB officers, packages were found within the seat cushions that contained a substance that field-tested positive for cocaine, according to a news release.
The four packages containing over 23 pounds of cocaine had an estimated value of $378,000, authorities said.
Lopez-Morel was charged with felony trafficking in cocaine.
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