A 71-year-old Alaska man was arrested after he was allegedly found with $400,000 worth of drugs hidden inside goat intestines at an airport, police said.
Cenen Placencia was taken into custody at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, months after officials opened an investigation to try to find a source of narcotics in Kodiak, Alaska.
At the airport, investigators searched a box that Placencia checked as luggage after he consented to a search. The box contained loosely wrapped frozen meat. Placencia agreed to let it thaw so they could further investigate.
As the frozen items thawed, officials said they smelled rotting meat that turned out to be goat intestines. A police dog detected the drugs. Police found packages wrapped in plastic that contained about 740 grams of heroin and 389 grams of methamphetamine.
Placencia told the police that he bought the goat intestines from a California rancher for him to eat. He was taken into custody and charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.