Nearly 5 pounds of what was initially believed to have been cocaine concealed in a suitcase flown into Nashville International Airport has been determined by the MNPD Crime Laboratory to be the conservative equivalent of 1 million lethal doses of fentanyl.
In January of this year, law enforcement in Nashville was alerted by DEA agents in Phoenix that luggage checked by airline passenger Reem Ibrahim was found by the TSA to contain a large bundle that appeared to be marijuana along with 2 kilogram-sized packages wrapped in plastic. When Ibrahim arrived in Nashville and claimed 2 checked suitcases, she was stopped by law enforcement and allowed a search of her baggage. One suitcase contained approximately 25 pounds of marijuana and the 2 kilogram-sized packages, which initially field tested positive for cocaine. The other suitcase contained an additional 25 pounds of marijuana.
Ibrahim, 22, of Phoenix, claimed that she had been promised $1,000 to deliver the luggage to Nashville. She said that she did not know illegal substances were inside. Ibrahim was arrested on charges of possessing cocaine and marijuana for resale. The cocaine charge will now be amended to reflect that fentanyl was the actual substance being transported here.