US Man Arrested Attempting to Smuggle 18 Pounds of Heroin From Ethiopia
A 60-year-old man who tried smuggle 18 pounds of heroin into the country after arriving from Ethiopia was thwarted while going through customs Sunday morning at Newark Liberty International Airport, authorities said.
Alfred Battle had a “false bottom” in two duffle bags, according to Port Authority police.
Customs officers said they noticed something was amiss when the bag appeared heavier than it should. Officers soon found a brown substance that tested positive for heroin the press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
After confronting Battle, officers seized a total of 18 pounds of heroin with an estimated value of $512,000, according to CBP.
Battle, a Columbus, Ohio resident who arrived in Newark on a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was turned over to Port Authority police at about 4:30 a.m. He is charged with possession of a controlled and dangerous substance and distribution of heroin, spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.
He remains held at the Essex County jail on $350,000 bail with no 10 percent option. Battle is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 2.