Woman caught at JFK allegedly smuggling cocaine in hair products


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Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Authorities say a passenger arriving into JFK Airport was caught hiding around 6 pounds of cocaine in hair products.

A woman flying into JFK Airport from the Dominican Republic last month tried to sneak into the country with more than six pounds of cocaine concealed in hair products, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said.

CBP officers were inspecting the baggage of Erika Rodriguez de los Santos, who had just arrived on a flight from Santo Domingo on November 18, and found five hair product containers that felt unusually heavy. After investigating further, they discovered the “containers produced an oil-like substance that tested positive for cocaine.”  The drugs weighed a total of 6.27 pounds.

Rodriguez was arrested for the import of narcotics and faces federal narcotics smuggling charges, according to CBP.

 

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