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Cocaine courier who tried to smuggle cocaine inside fake mortar sentenced to a year and day in prison

April 6, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cocaine courier who tried to smuggle cocaine inside fake mortar sentenced to a year and day in prison

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A cocaine runner, who tried to smuggle drugs inside of bogus mortar and pestle sets, was sentenced to one year and a day behind bars for the clueless caper on Wednesday.

Mario Javier Morffe’s intentions went up in flames back in January 2016 when customs agents at JFK grew curious about the unusually heavy and shallow mortars in his suitcase, the New York Daily News reported.

One TSA agent poked a mortar and cocaine came out. The three drug-mule mortars contained roughly three kilos.

The Dominican Republic citizen had arrived on a flight from Santo Domingo.

Brooklyn Federal Judge William Kuntz said on Wednesday that the drugs were concealed “in a sophisticated manner as these things go.”

“As a thinking man, I should never have done anything like this,” Morffe stated on Wednesday.

In September 2016, he pleaded guilty to cocaine importation and was imprisoned for five weeks before he was let go on a $50,000 bond. Defense attorney Michelle Gelernt was requesting for a sentence of time served so the man could return to his loved ones in the Dominican Republic.

However, Kuntz said time served, given the weight of the drugs and the narrow jail time he did serve, “doesn’t cut it.”

In another pending federal case in Brooklyn, a man is accused of trying to get through customs with 10 kilos of cocaine packed inside of his pants.

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