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A man who allegedly tried to smuggle more than 400 grams of methamphetamine to Guam in a secret compartment in his luggage was indicted this morning in federal court.

Hwang Gyoo Choi was arrested at the Guam airport on Saturday after customs officers found two packages of methamphetamine, or ice, in a compartment glued into the lining of his luggage, according to District Court of Guam documents.

Customs officers became suspicious of Choi because he appeared “hesitant” to approach the inspection counter, court documents state.

Choi said he was traveling to Guam for sightseeing for about four days. He flew into Guam from the Philippines at about 4:40 a.m., but used a Korean passport, the court documents state.

Officers allegedly found a total of 434 grams of ice in the luggage. Choi has been officially charged with importation of methamphetamine hydrochloride.

According to Pacific Daily News files, authorities have consistently stated that ice can be worth about $400 to $1,000 per gram on Guam. That places the value of the drugs that were allegedly found in the luggage somewhere between $173,000 and $434,000.

Tbe indictment in this case was filed in court this morning..

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