A recurring theme here, as of late, has been the smuggling of drugs in parcels of food. Another recurring topic is drug mules getting busted trying, through various means, to smuggle dope through airports. A story coming out of Atlanta is a combination of the two. For his actions on Friday, at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, 40-year-old Christian Rabanales is sitting in Clayton County Jail.
Rabanales, a native of Guatemala, was traveling from Guatemala City to New York. When federal customs agents inspected his luggage in the ATL, they found packages of uncooked red beans. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, when the agents sliced open the packages, they found “a white, powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine.” The beans had been hollowed out and stuffed with blow. In total, Rabanales was muling more than 26 pounds of coke (roughly 13 kilos), worth a reported $600,000. He was handed over to the Clayton County police for prosecution.
Acting Customs and Border Patrol port director for Atlanta Devin Chamberlain said, “Our officers remain vigilant in disrupting criminal activity despite the creative concealment methods smugglers employ.”