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DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WUSA) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles Airport stopped a drug smuggler with 15 baggies of cocaine concealed in clams packed inside the suspect's luggage, officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.

David Pocasangre Vaquiz, 26, was charged for having 152 grams of cocaine valued at about $10,000, hidden in the little sea creatures, officials said.

Officials said Vaquiz arrived at the airport at around 2 a.m. Saturday and was referred to a routine secondary inspection. 

CBP officers found a black plastic bag containing approximately 80 clams inside his luggage. 

An officer opened one clam and found the first plastic baggie. An X-ray showed 14 more cocaine-concealing clams. 

The 15 clams had been opened, stuffed with the packaged cocaine and glued closed, according to the statement released by CBP officials.