ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 71-year-old Alaska man has been arrested after being caught with $400,000 in illegal drugs hidden inside spoiled goat intestines at an Alaska airport.
Authorities say Cenen Placencia of Kodiak was arrested last week at Anchorage’s international airport.
Court documents say investigators searched a large fish box Placencia had checked as luggage.
The affidavit says loosely wrapped frozen meat, which had partially thawed and smelled of spoiled meat was inside the fish box. A police dog detected the presence of drugs and investigators found packages inside with about 740 grams of heroin and 389 grams of methamphetamine. According to the affidavit, Placencia told investigators he had packed the bag himself and denied knowing about the drugs. He told investigators he bought the goat intestines for $140 from a California rancher for his own consumption. But, Placencia had been on the legal radar since last February. Authorities also searched his home and seized about 247 grams of heroin and 13 grams of crystal methamphetamine.
Placencia was arraigned Friday on a charge of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.