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Couple arrested for trying to smuggle marijuana through the airport during the government shutdown

The authorities say that Narueen Nooralla Gheewalla-Fayyaz, 28, (l.) and Osama Fayyaz, 29, of Richmond, Tex., were arrested on marijuana smuggling charges at a Texas airport Jan. 14, according to a report.
(Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office )

A Texas couple tried to smuggle almost 70 pounds of marijuana in suitcases by Bush International Airport during the government shutdown, according to the authorities.

Officials said Narueen Nooralla Gheewalla-Fayyaz, 28, and Osama Fayyaz, 29, of Richmond, Tex., were arrested Jan. 14 after she flew to Houston airport from Sacramento, KPRC-TV reported Monday.

Court records say a Transportation Security Administration officer in Sacramento told a deputy they saw what was believed to be marijuana in a suitcase belonging to Gheewalla-Fayyaz, the station reported. The deputy contacted the police in Houston.

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The TSA is one of the agencies of the government affected by the 35-day government shutdown on President Trump’s demands to Congress for a wall with Mexico. The shutdown ended Jan. 25.

The court documents say Fayyaz was “visibly nervous and trembled” when officers approached him in the baggage claim area of Bush airport, to the train station.

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According to the court documents, a search of the couple’s seven bags turned on 66 pounds of marijuana, the station reported.

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The couple in a statement, denying the charges, KPRC reported.

In 2017, Fayyaz and his wife were accused of trying to smuggle 18 pounds of marijuana in suitcases after deputies searched their vehicle during a traffic stop in rural Texas, the Houston Chronicle.

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