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Cocaine smuggler pretended to be Delta pilot at New York’s JFK Airport

April 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cocaine smuggler pretended to be Delta pilot at New York’s JFK Airport

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Authorities arrested an alleged cocaine smuggler who was pretending to be a Delta Airlines pilot at JFK Airport in New York last week.

Mario Hudson landed on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica, and told security at JFK that he was a Delta pilot dead-heading to New York City, which is an industry term for using a flight to get to work.

Hudson was wearing bogus Delta Airlines crew tags and falsified ID, which immediately raised suspicions, NBC New York reported.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents also became dubious of Hudson’s carry on bag, which was bulkier than normal. Authorities discovered five pounds of cocaine after searching his bag, which had an estimated value of $85,000. Officers at JFK turned Hudson over to the Department of Homeland Security.

The accused cocaine smuggler now faces drug trafficking charges out of Brooklyn’s Eastern District Federal Court.

Two men were busted trying to smuggle heroin inside a dog’s crate at JFK Airport

The incident is the most recent in a string of narcotics busts by security at JFK Airport. Police apprehended two men trying to use a dog to smuggle over $1 million worth of heroin on March 24th.

Samuel Seabrooks and Carlos Betancourt-Morales drove individually to the airport to pick up a mixed-breed Shepherd and the dog’s crate, which was sent to JFK Airport from Puerto Rico.

Betancourt-Morales signed for the dog and crate at American Airlines Priority Parcel Services and tried to flee before he was busted.

At the bottom of the crate, officers found ten bricks of heroin weighing approximately 22 pounds.

A drug smuggler traveling to New York from the Dominican Republic was caught possessing cocaine by security on March 4th.

A man attempted to smuggle 10 pounds of cocaine through customs at JFK International Airport by fastening it to his legs last month

Juan Carlos Galan Luperon was trying to get through security when officials noticed he was “busting out of his pants.” Authorities searched Luperon and found approximately 10 pounds of cocaine fastened to his legs.

In another strange occurrence at JFK, a man overdosed on a plane while taxiing on the runway on March 22nd, forcing the flight to revert to the gate.

The man reportedly took both heroin and an anxiety medication, a lethal combination that sparked the near-deadly incident.

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