- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

STERLING, Va. | U.S. customs officials say they’ve arrested a British man at a Washington-area airport after officers found cocaine concealed inside religious statues and a shoulder bag.

Customs and Border Protection officials announced Tuesday that 47-year-old Stephen James Ingle of London was arrested at Dulles International Airport last week as he traveled from Argentina to London.

A customs officer suspected that the bag and two statues were heavier than they should be and an X-ray revealed anomalies. In the bag, officials say there were two sandwich-sized bags with a pound of cocaine in each and more cocaine was found inside the statues of the Madonna holding baby Jesus and Joseph.

Ingle was arrested on narcotics charges and has a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.


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