There is nothing like getting ready for a holiday while celebrating another holiday but it also draws the attention of immigration and custom’s officials. Last Thursday, when dad Esteban Galtes insisted the Easter eggs in his luggage were for his two kids, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) become suspicious - since it is only Christmas.
His arrest came after officers searched Galtes’ luggage and discovered more than 14 pounds of cocaine, much of it camouflaged as pastel-colored, egg-shaped candies. The remainder of the cocaine was secreted under the cardboard bottom of a paper shopping bag. The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $100,000.
The Miami native is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court today. “Obviously two days before Christmas, this defendant didn’t expect his trip would end with federal officers conducting an Easter egg hunt,” said special agent Claude Arnold.