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Customs officers at NYC JFK Airport bust second man with pants full of cocaine

March 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Customs officers at NYC JFK Airport bust second man with pants full of cocaine

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Customs officials at a New York airport discovered approximately 5 pounds of cocaine concealed inside of a man’s pants just days after a notably similar smuggling attempt occurred.

Officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Mayobanex Ruiz Gomez, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, arrived at JFK airport on March 16th on a flight from Santo Domingo.

Gomez was brought to a private search room when CBP agents noticed him acting nervous as they searched his luggage. The suspect was found wearing a pair of tight black pants under his jeans that hid cocaine packages that were taped to his legs.

Authorities indicated Gomez was smuggling about 5 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $83,000.

‘This latest seizure demonstrates our CBP officers being vigilant in protecting the U.S. from the distribution of illicit drugs,” Leon Hayward, acting director of CBP’s New York Field Operations, said.

Gomez was transferred to Homeland Security Investigations to face drug smuggling charges, the UPI reported.

The arrest occurred less than two weeks after police at JFK arrested a U.S. citizen who was found to be using similar means to hide 10 pounds of cocaine inside his pants after coming off of a flight from Santo Domingo.

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