FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A teenager from Puerto Rico is accused of trying to smuggle cocaine through a South Florida airport.
Federal officials say 18-year-old Jose Manuel Torres Perez of Puerto Rico arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday with suspiciously thick bags of clothes and candy.
According to a criminal complaint, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer sliced open the bags and found a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.
Officials say Torres arrived in Florida on an Avianca Airlines flight from Bogota, Colombia. He is charged with importing five kilograms or more of cocaine into the U.S.
Investigators say Torres told them that he was promised $8,000 for delivering the cocaine from Bucaramanga, Colombia, to New York City.