Big shoes to fill: Jonesboro man accused of packing size 18 high tops with heroin

Big shoes to fill: Jonesboro man accused of packing size 18 high tops with heroin
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Instead of cookies and shoes, police in Kansas City say a Jonesboro man’s luggage was loaded with meth and heroin.

The Kansas City Star reports police and DEA agents arrested 46-year-old Willie Lewis Braison after finding a pair of size 18 high top tennis shoes in his luggage at the Amtrak Station.

His arrest came Thursday morning, just after he got off an Amtrak train from Los Angeles.

According to the paper, officers stopped Braison and asked to search his luggage.

When they looked inside his suitcase, they found nearly three pounds of heroin “molded to look like the insoles in each oversized shoe.”

“The size of the shoes were labeled as a size 18, which was a much larger size than what Braison was wearing,” a DEA agent stated in the court documents.

That’s not all agents found in Braison’s carry-on baggage.

In a cardboard box labeled “cookies,” the officers reportedly found five pounds of methamphetamine.

During questioning, Braison told investigators a man whose name he did not know paid him $2,500 to deliver the suitcase from Los Angeles to another unknown man in St. Louis.

Braison has been charged in U.S. District Court with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

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