News Americas, JAMAICA, N.Y., Tues. May 5, 2015: A Jamaican national now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges after being busted at the John F. Kennedy International Airport with cocaine in his underwear.
Romario Lewis arrived at the John F. Kennedy International Airport from Kingston, Jamaica and presented himself for inspection on April 16 to U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers in New York.
During the examination of his suitcase, CBP officers said he exhibited numerous signs of nervousness.
CBP officers conducted a physical search and discovered two packages in the Lewis’ groin area.
The two packages contained a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
An approximate weight of 1 lb. of cocaine was seized, with an estimated street value of more than $19,000 according to DEA statistics.
“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
Lewis now will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.