News Americas, JAMAICA, N.Y. , Fri. Aug. 1, 2014: A United States citizen is facing federal narcotics smuggling charges after being busted at J.F.K. Airport in New York from a Montego Bay, Jamaica flight with cocaine in her groin area and in her suitcase rails.
The drug was found on Taneshia Walker after U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers conducted a personal search and found an oval-shaped object wrapped in latex concealed in her groin area within her underwear.
CBP officers probed the oval-shaped object revealing a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
Officers also noticed that the handle rails on her suitcase were not operating properly. It was later discovered that one of the rails containied a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
In total approximately 1.7 lbs. of cocaine was seized, 1.2 lbs. in the luggage rails and .5 lbs. within her underwear, with an approximate street value of more than $30,000.
“CBP remains ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these dangerous drugs, our officers are constantly adapting to various concealment methods employed by these smugglers,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
Walker was arrested and now will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.