Drug Smuggler Arrested at Portland International Airport After Ingesting Large Amount of Cocaine (Photo)

February 07, 2014 13:35


On Monday February 3, 2014, 29-year-old Lavona Tashica Anderson was found unconscious in a bathroom at the Portland International Airport. Medical personnel responded and transported her to a Portland hospital for treatment.

At the hospital, Anderson began excreting multiple bindles of suspected cocaine through her bowels. A total of 31 small bindles were observed after excretion.

The Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) investigators assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Interdiction Task Force (HIT) responded to the hospital to collect the evidence and monitor Anderson's condition.

Over the next two days, investigators recovered an additional 38.5 bindles, with a total weight of approximately 8.9 ounces. Each bindle was 6.5 grams, wrapped in a condom. Investigators believe that two bindles ruptured inside Anderson's stomach.

Investigators were able to determine that Anderson had traveled from the Dominican Republic to New York, and was en route to Alaska when she had a medical emergency in Portland.

Investigators believe that Anderson ingested a total of one pound of cocaine prior to arriving in Portland.

Anderson was released from the hospital on Thursday February 6, 2014, then booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a US Marshals Hold. Federal drug charges are pending with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Assisting in this investigation were the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Interdiction Task Force (HIT) and the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Community members concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information on line at http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?c=30740 or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at (503) 823-3784.



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