Coke Was Smuggled in Pens: Cops

The suspects are illegal immigrants, according to police.

Two illegal immigrants are being held on a $2 million bond after a a rather unusual and major narcotics bust on Thursday.

Valentin Perez Rivera, 27, and Flore Soto, 49, both of Branford, were arrested after they received a shipment of more than 1,000 Pilot pens that each contained two grams of liquid cocaine, according to state police.

The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division contacted Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics South Central Field Office and asked for their assistance in a what they called a "controlled delivery operation" in an ICE "Narcoterrorism" investigation.

ICE Agents intercepted the package of pens as it arrived from Peru, but then allowed the package to continue on to its intended destination, 138 Montoya Circle in Branford.

State Police said ICE Agents and State Police Detectives executed a federal search warrant at the house and made the arrests after Rivera and Soto accepted the delivery, according to authorities.

In all, police seized more than two kilos of liquid cocaine stored in the pens.

Rivera and Soto were charged with possession of narcotics and possession with intent to sell.

Both are scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court on Friday.

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