A Roxbury man was arrested at Logan Airport Saturday on charges he used a false-bottom suitcase to try to bring more than four pounds of cocaine on a flight from the Dominican Republic, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Raphael Espinal, 21, pleaded innocent to a charge of trafficking in more than 200 grams of cocaine in East Boston District Court today. If convicted on that charge, he will get a mandatory 15-year prison sentence. His bail was set at $200,000.
According to a statement from the DA's office:
Espinal arrived at Logan on an American Airlines flight from Santo Domingo shortly after 9:00 Saturday night. As with all passengers, his luggage was subjected to a routine search by United States Customs officials; following this initial search, Espinal was remanded to a secondary inspection area, where officials probed further and discovered a false compartment in his suitcase.
A search of the compartment yielded a large package of a white powder-like substance, later determined to be approximately two kilograms of cocaine.