3 arrested at airport for attempting to smuggle 72 lbs. of cocaine

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 3:31pm

Three men are being held on million dollar bonds after they were caught with 71.8 pounds of cocaine at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.

The Louisiana State Police reports that the bust happened on Tuesday, October 8. Troopers were contacted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) regarding a suspicious flight pattern of a plane headed for refueling at the Baton Rouge airport.

The plane took off from the Texas/Mexico border and was occupied by Vincenzo Salzano, 55 of Aurora, CO; Mohammad Nekouie, 32, of Denver, CO; and Armondo Salzano, 32, Littleton, CO. They told officials they were headed to Atlanta and agreed to a search of the plane.

Troopers located the cocaine, but have not said where it was stashed.

The cocaine has an estimated street value between $2.2 to $2.5 million.

All three were arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute. They were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.


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