CBP officers find 23 pounds of cocaine concealed inside electric wheelchair at airport

22-year-old charged with cocaine trafficking: US Customs and Border Protection

U. S. Customs and Border Protection says cocaine was discovered inside a wheelchair at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. (U. S. Customs and Border Protection)

More than 23 pounds of cocaine were found inside an electric wheelchair at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In a news release Friday, CBP officers said that a 22-year-old United States resident arrived Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, on a flight from the Dominican Republic and that they discovered he was using an electric wheelchair to conceal packages of a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection says cocaine was discovered inside a wheelchair at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. (U. S. Customs and Border Protection)

According to CBP, a total of four packages containing over 23 pounds of cocaine -- with an estimated street value of $378,000 -- were concealed inside the wheelchair.

CBP officers said that they arrested the man, whom they identified as Alexander Lopez-Morel, and that he was charged with felony trafficking in cocaine.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection says cocaine was discovered inside a wheelchair at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. (U. S. Customs and Border Protection)