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JFK passenger busted with $87K of cocaine


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Photos courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

An arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International Airport tried to bring back more than souvenirs in her suitcase.

The passenger’s luggage had just come off a flight from Port of Spain, Trinidad on Sunday when a K-9 Fenja sniffed out something suspicious inside of it, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Jerrita Baker, a United States citizen, claimed the bag and a search was conducted.

CBP officers found a white powder inside the suitcase, which tested positive for cocaine.

In total, five pounds, with an approximate street value $87,000, was seized, and Baker now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges, CBP said.

 

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Man caught at JFK with cocaine concealed inside frozen meat


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Photos courtesy of U. S. Customs and Border Protection

An arriving passenger faced some beefed-up security when he allegedly tried to smuggle cocaine through John F. Kennedy International Airport last month.

Yudishtir Maharaj has just come off a flight from Port of Spain, Trinidad on March 20, when U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stopped him for a baggage inspection, CBP said.

During the search, they found three large packages of meat in his luggage, according to officials. They allegedly discovered white powder inside the meat, which tested positive for cocaine. In total, officers seized 7.35 pounds of the drug, the CBP said.

Maharaj faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York, according to CBP.

 

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