Feds make biggest drug bust in 12 months at Atlanta airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have made another drug bust at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

ATLANTA — Authorities have made another drug bust at the Atlanta airport, and this one is pretty significant.

Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Aaron Diamant has learned the bust happened Friday evening at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents told Diamant they busted a guy with a kilo of heroin valued around $200,000.

"It really is, it's a huge deal. To get a kilogram of heroin off the streets is unbelievable," said Atlanta CBP Area Port Director Carey Davis.

The suspect was a man in his 30s from Guatemala. Authorities said he tried to disguise the heroin in a bag of coffee.


Davis told Diamant that one of the officers had a gut feeling about the suspect.

"One of our officers simply saw this guy coming through the line and said, 'You know what, I don't like the way you look,' and sent him back for a secondary exam," Davis said.

Davis applauded the officer.

"It's hard to describe (what tipped him off) because you see thousands of people every day and you get a normal look from people. Then, it may be that little tick," Davis said. "It's like playing poker. You get that one little sign and you know what's going to happen."

Authorities could not release the suspect's name because prosecutors are still deciding whether he'll face federal or state charges.

This is the second major drug bust in the last week at the airport.

Just last week we told you about a bust that included 3 pounds of cocaine. The same team that made that bust was responsible for this one.