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Arrest Made At PHL After 3 Pairs Of Shoes Discovered To Be Full Of Cocaine Worth $140K

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – These shoes were made for…smuggling cocaine?!

According to Customs and Border Protection, a Camden woman was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport on Wednesday for doing just that.

CBP officers say that 25-year-old Iveliza Tuhanna Perez arrived on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

During a baggage examination, officers discovered that three pairs of cork wedge high heels Perez was carrying were unusually heavy and found x-ray anomalies inside the sole and heel of all six shoes.

Inside, officers found cocaine weighing more than four lbs, with an approximate street value of $140,000.

“We know that narcotics smuggling organizations employ a wide variety of creative concealment methods to transport their illicit narcotics into the United States. And so Customs and Border Protection officers must remain steadfast in our mission to intercept their deadly poison before it hurts our communities, families and friends,” said Allan Martocci, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia, in a release.

Iveliza Tuhanna Perez was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID) and Knowing and Intentional (K&I) Possession.

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