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$470,000 in heroin seized at JFK cargo facility over one weekend

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Nearly half a million dollars worth of heroin was sniffed out in food packaging over a single weekend this month inside an express cargo facility located at JFK Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.

As CBP officers were conducting searches at the cargo facility on June 6, a K-9 alerted them to the presence of narcotics within packages of a powdered, honey-flavored drink. A brown powder was found inside one of the packages and tested positive for heroin.

According to CBP, the same dog discovered heroin within Tortrix chips and jelly powder, and a short time later, found the drugs inside a shipment of powdered drink mix packages.

The following day, another K-9 detected narcotics in a shipment manifested as Risitos chip seasoning. Inside, several packages of cookies and seasoning mix were discovered that produced a brown powdery substance, which tested positive for heroin.

In total, according to CBP, the four heroin seizures had an approximate weight of 16 pounds and an estimated street value of $470,000.

No arrests have been made, but the seizures are part of an ongoing investigation.


JFK passenger busted for trying to smuggle more than $82K of cocaine in luggage handle rails

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A man was caught “white-handed” at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport for trying to smuggle nearly five pounds of cocaine in the handle rails of his luggage, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBP) said.

On June 5, Warren Hawk, a U.S. citizen traveling from Guyana back to New York, was stopped at border inspection when CBP officials noticed the handles on his luggage were unusually large, according to officials. He was escorted to a private search room where officers opened one of the handles revealing a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

In total there was about 4.82 pounds of cocaine seized from the handles of Hawk’s luggage, with a street value of more than $82,000., CBP said. Hawk was placed under arrest at the scene and is now facing federal narcotics smuggling charges.




$150K in counterfeit bills seized from woman’s baggage at JFK

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A woman returning from Columbia was arrested last month after $150,000 in counterfeit U.S. bills were found in her luggage at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

After arriving on a Dec. 14 flight, Ciara Ryan, 38, was selected by CBP officers for a random baggage examination. They examined her first bag and found a strong odor of glue coming from it. Upon further inspection, the officers discovered alterations to its bottom, and within the alterations were several suspected counterfeit U.S. $100 bills, CBP said.

A black leather satchel that she was also carrying was examined and officers found more suspected counterfeit bills concealed within its lining.

Ryan was arrested and a total of 1,500 counterfeit $100 bills were seized, according to CBP.

She will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.




Woman caught at JFK allegedly smuggling cocaine in hair products

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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.