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Heroin Lollipops Seized From Sweaty Guatemalan at Airport

Categories: Crime, WTF Florida
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​When Rafael Quinones Jimenez arrived in Orlando on a flight from his native Guatemala on Friday, U.S. Customs inspectors noted that he was "very nervous and was sweating profusely." For good reason. When they searched his luggage they found seven pounds of heroin disguised as candy lollipops.

So how many licks does it take to overdose? Not many, from the sound of an arrest affidavit released yesterday. "When one took off the outside wrapper, there was a thin layer of candy shell covering a ball of condensed heroin powder," ICE agent John Huang wrote in the affidavit.

Quinonez might be in for lollies of a different kind. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of heroin possession with the intent to distribute.

According to the affidavit, he arrived in Orlando from Guatemala City. After his arrest, he claimed that an unknown man had given him $500 to deliver the bag to Florida.

Customs inspectors doubted his story, however, since Quinonez was carrying $1,500 in cash and was sweating like a man who, well, was carrying a bag full of heroin thinly disguised as lollipops.

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