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Heroin found in JFK passenger’s underwear


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Photo courtesy of U. S. Customs and Border Protection

A man flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this month got his panties in a bunch when he was caught with heroin in his underwear, according to U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.

The alleged smuggler, Bernard Charles, was caught after arriving at the airport on a flight from Trinidad on April 1, CBP said.

During a baggage examination, he allegedly “exhibited numerous signs of nervousness.” He was then taken to private room where CBP officers conducted a physical search of Charles and found two clear packages in his groin area, officials said.

The packages allegedly contained a brown paste-like substance that tested positive for heroin. In total, 1.79 pounds of the drug were seized, with an approximate street value of more than $70,000, according to CBP.

Charles, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, was arrested and now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges.

 

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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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Star of Queens: Kris Gounden


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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: As immigrants from countries such as Guyana, Trinidad and others in the West Indies come to New York, they often find themselves in a state of culture shock. Many have few resources to work with and lack the ability to keep in contact with their families back home.

Kris Gounden works to get these people in place in the Ozone Park/Richmond Hill area.

Gounden does not work with a formal volunteer organization, rather, he says, he’s just working with the few resources and manpower that he has to help those in the community.

Gounden said he’s not looking to publicize his service to the community and has previously never spoken to the media about these efforts.

BACKGROUND: Gounden was born and raised in the Ozone Park/Richmond Hill area. As a full-time job, Gounden works as the director at Line Air Airlines Inc.

INSPIRATION: Gounden spoke of his father, who started this type of community service back in the 1970s. “I’m just continuing the work that he started off with,” Gounden said.

FAVORITE MEMORY: Gounden remembered a time when one of his neighbors, who he said was of Irish descent, was sick and he took care of her and her house. “At one point I was actually her legal guardian,” he said. Gounden said he enjoys this memory because it shows how people of different cultures and ethnicities can work together.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Gounden sees the lack of formal support from local politicians as a major roadblock to helping the people of his community. He said often it’s up to the citizens to stick together to work on the problems of their community.

 

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