N.J. man charged with trying to smuggle cocaine in his shoes at Logan Airport

Police seized bundles of suspected cocaine stuffed into a man’s shoes. The shoes were in his luggage.
Police seized bundles of suspected cocaine stuffed into a man’s shoes. The shoes were in his luggage. –Massachusetts State Police

A New Jersey man pleaded not guilty today to charges that he was carrying more than two kilograms of cocaine hidden inside four pairs of shoes in his checked luggage when he arrived Monday at Logan International Airport.

Carlos J. Lanns, 24, was arraigned in East Boston Municipal Court. Judge Roberto Ronquillo Jr. set bail at $300,000 cash and slated a further hearing for Oct. 5.

Authorities say Lanns hid 2.17 kilograms of cocaine in the shoes , which were wrapped in plastic. The drugs had an estimated street value of more than $200,000, authorities said.

Lanns, who wore a white windbreaker, appeared confused during the hearing. An interpreter explained the proceedings to him. Lanns’s defense attorney for the hearing, Erica Colombo, entered the not-guilty plea on his behalf.

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Prosecutor Erik Bennett said Lanns had ties to the Dominican Republic and asked that Ronquillo require him to surrender his passport, if he made bail. The judge agreed to that request.

Bennett said Lanns faced a possible 15-year mandatory minimum state prison sentence.

Colombo told the court that Lanns has no criminal record, in New Jersey or anywhere.

State Police arrested Lanns at Logan at about 6:10 p.m. Monday shortly after he got off JetBlue Flight 862 from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. State Police had been alerted by US Customs and Border Protection. The method used to find the drugs was not revealed “so as not to compromise ongoing interdiction efforts,’’ Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.

Officials have said in the past that they use drug-sniffing dogs to inspect checked luggage from certain international flights.

Lanns faces charges of trafficking in more than 200 grams fof a Class B substance.

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