LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal authorities say a Miami man has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport while trying to smuggle cocaine concealed inside phony Easter eggs.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Monday that 23-year-old Esteban Galtes was arrested Thursday night after officers searched his luggage and found more than 14 pounds of cocaine, much of it camouflaged as egg-shaped candies. He had been returning from a weeklong trip to Colombia.

The rest of the stash allegedly was hidden in a paper shopping bag. Galtes allegedly claimed the eggs were for his two children.

Galtes is being held for investigation of importation of a controlled substance.

ICE did not immediately know if Galtes had a lawyer. His first court appearance was scheduled Monday afternoon.

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Comments (9)
  1. EvenSteven says:

    That plan sure laid an egg.

  2. swhit says:

    The Feds WANT Americans to buy drugs otherwise they would have closed the borders eons ago!

  3. Charlie says:

    This guy jumped the gun a little bit,Easter is little more than 3 months away and that seemed kind of suspicious,don’t you think?

  4. Eddy Gass says:

    he should have used Christmas Ornaments!

  5. Escobar says:

    Hmmm.. Youre bringing Easter Eggs 3 months early …and from Columbia!! Nope, not suspicious at all.

  6. gigi says:

    He should have used Chocolate Marshmello Santa’s!

  7. Well, there goes Lindsay Lohan’s easter egg hunt next year.

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