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Two more men busted at New York’s JFK Airport smuggling cocaine taped to body

April 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two more men busted at New York’s JFK Airport smuggling cocaine taped to body

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Border Patrol officials say two more travelers were taken into custody at New York’s  JFK Airport for trying to smuggle cocaine into the country by taping packages of the drugs on their bodies.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents in New York revealed that U.S citizen Ariel Garcia and Elvin Montilla-Sosa, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, landed at JKK Airport on the same flight from the Dominican Republic on April 19th, NBC News reported.

The men were taken individually to private search rooms for inspection when officers found packages taped to their backs and legs.

Investigators said that Garcia’s packages held 11 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $180,000. Montilla-Sosa’s package contained approximately 12 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $200,000.

Police at JFK busted a man hiding five pounds of cocaine inside his pants back in March

“This seizure demonstrates our CBP officers being vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,” Leon Hayward, the Acting Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations, said.

The suspects were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. Both are facing federal charges of narcotics smuggling.

In March, Customs agents at JFK busted a man last month arriving on a flight from the Dominican Republic with five pounds of cocaine concealed in his pants.

The smuggling attempt occurred just two weeks after police at JFK arrested a U.S. citizen arriving on a flight from Santo Domingo who was found to be using similar means to hide 10 pounds of cocaine inside his pants.


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