Man Arrested With Cocaine Hidden in Coat Hangers

A 28-year-old New Jersey man has been charged with felony drug trafficking after U.S. Customs agents at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport found cocaine stashed in wooden coat hangers.

Julio Alejandro Almonte, who lives in Union City, N.J., had flown into Atlanta from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, en route to New York City.

Clayton County police spokeswoman Sonja Sanchez said a set of wooden hangers was lying on top of his clothes. Sanchez said a second check of the hangers with an X-ray machine found they had been hollowed out and filled with a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

Sanchez said bond was denied and a public defender would be assigned to Almonte.