US Officials detain two women travelling from the Caribbean into New York’s JFK Airport with cocaine in their luggage
US Officials reportedly detained two women who were travelling from the Caribbean into New York’s JFK Airport, with cocaine in their luggage.
A Haitian and an American who travelled from two different Caribbean countries have been detained by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, and are now facing federal narcotics smuggling charges.
CBP officers intercepted passenger Elisabethmone Lewis, a United States citizen who arrived from St. Lucia, and Anne Cadet, a Haitian citizen arriving from Haiti, at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this month.
In a release issued yesterday, the CBP said Lewis presented herself for examination on arrival on March 5th, and officers noticed that the bottom of her suitcase was unusually thick.
Cadet was intercepted the following day after officers made a similar observation about her suitcase. The luggage was searched in each case and cocaine was discovered.
Lewis was attempting to smuggle about three pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of US$59,000, while Cadet had five pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of US$77,000.
Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations in New York for CBP said “These seizures demonstrate our officers’ vigilance and daily commitment at JFK, in keeping prohibited and dangerous narcotics off the streets, and out of our communities”.
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