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$210K in fake cash seized at JFK cargo facility


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A picture is worth $210,000 in counterfeit bills.

A recent search at a John F. Kennedy International Airport cargo facility uncovered thousands in counterfeit money after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found the fake cash hidden in a shipment within several laminated photos and colorful cases, according to the CBP.

On July 15, the officers were examining an express consignment shipment manifested as “Handycrafts Pictures” containing 20 laminated pictures and three electronic protective cases. During their search, they discovered what appeared to be counterfeit money within the pictures and cases, officials said. In total, 1,252 counterfeit U.S. $100 bills were seized.

The following day, CBP officers examined an express consignment shipment manifested as “Handycraft Bags” that contained one electronic case and three organizer bags, and uncovered 853 counterfeit U.S. $100 bills, according to the CBP.

Over those two days, a total of 2,105 counterfeit bills, or $210,500, were found, and turned over to the U. S. Secret Service. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, officials said.

 

 

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JFK passenger accused of smuggling $300K of cocaine in powdered custard


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A man flying into John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport was caught allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 18 pounds of cocaine into the country by hiding it in powered custard.

Godfrey Cassius had just arrived on a flight from Guyana on April 22 when he was busted with the drugs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said.

During an inspection of his baggage CBP officers discovered eight packages of “Champion” custard powder within the luggage, officials said.

Upon examining the packets, officers found a white powder, which had a strong chemical odor. The powder tested positive for cocaine, which had a total weight of 17.9 pounds and approximate street value $300,000, the CBP said.

Godfrey Cassius was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and faces federal narcotics smuggling charges, according to officials.

 

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Heroin found in JFK passenger’s underwear


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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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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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JFK seizure nets more than $100K in fake cash


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A man returning from South America was busted at John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than $100,000 in counterfeit cash after authorities discovered numerous bills hidden inside a diary box.

Marlon Williams Rodriguez Ezeta, 21, arrived at the airport on Feb. 21 on a flight from Lima, Peru when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized the fake money.

During an examination of Rodriguez Ezeta’s luggage, an officer removed a cardboard diary box, sliced it open and found what appeared to be counterfeit U.S. $100 bills, CBP officials said.

A further investigation revealed a total of $121,300 in counterfeit U.S. bills concealed in the diary box, two wallets, one fabric box, and two cloth shoe racks.

Rodriguez Ezeta was arrested and the fake money was seized, according to CBP. The evidence was turned over to the Secret Service.

 

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$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.

 

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