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2 arrested for using labrador as drug mule at New York’s JFK Airport

March 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
2 arrested for using labrador as drug mule at New York’s JFK Airport

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Authorities in New York have arrested two men, who were busted using a labrador retriever as a drug mule to smuggle over a million dollars of heroin at JFK Airport.

Law enforcement officials say 35-year-old Bronx native, Samuel Seabrooks, and 27-year-old Carlos Betancourt-Morales, of Carmel, NY, have been charged with drug possession and conspiracy after over 22 pounds of heroin were discovered hidden on the bottom of a dog crate, which had an Avi Labrador that had been sent from Puerto Rico to New York.

Investigators said that the drugs had an estimated street value of more than $1 million, ABC7 reported.

“That man’s best friend was used to smuggle drugs into the city, but police work led to the seizure of more than 10 kilograms of heroin concealed within the crate,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown stated. “The defendants are alleged to have conspired to bring drugs to New York City and elsewhere.”

The charges indicated that Seabrooks and Betancourt-Morales met at a Bronx IHOP restaurant at approximately 6 p.m. last week and then drove in separate cars to the American Airlines Priority Parcel Services at JFK.

After they had arrived at the airport at roughly 7:00 p.m., it is believed that Betancourt-Morales got out of his car and went up to Seabrook’s vehicle, and the two men had a short conversation. Soon after, Betancourt-Morales entered the building and signed an American Airlines cargo air receipt that gave him the authorization to take a crate containing an Avi Labrador dog which weighed 86 pounds.

Betancourt-Morales was stopped by authorities as he was pushing the crate on a rolling cart.

A court-authorized search warrant was carried out on the box, and police found ten packages in brick form wrapped in dark and clear plastic wrap.

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