A passenger at Orlando International Airport in Florida was arrested for trying to board his flight with 22 pounds of crystal meth, authorities said.
A TSA agent stopped Eli Brown at a gate around 8 a.m. on Jan. 22 for a random bag check before he could board his flight to Louisville, Kentucky, WKMG reported.
The agent found 22 clear bags, each containing one pound of crystal meth, that were wrapped in clothing, and $900 inside Brown’s backpack, according to the outlet.
Police say the drugs are worth $500,000.
Brown, 46, told cops the bag wasn’t his. He claimed he fell asleep on his flight from Los Angeles to Orlando, and when he woke up, he saw the bag next to him so he grabbed it assuming it was his because it looked the same, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by WKMG.
Cops then arrested Brown on a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine over 200 grams.