Approximately 9 lbs. of heroin were creatively concealed by two Columbian citizens arriving at the John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday.
The drugs, worth an estimated $250,000 on the street, were seized by U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers as the two passengers came through customs at JFK.
Mr. Andres Uribe Rebolledo and his girlfriend, Ms. Yuly Valencia Sanchez, both Columbian citizens, arrived from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on March 26. During an inspection, a Marshall brand speaker and a Glenmorangie brand whisky gift box became the focus of suspicion.
In a private search room, these items were found to contain the smuggled drugs.
According to the CDC, heroin use is on the rise in the United States. Men and women from of all ages and income levels abuse the drug, with heroin-related overdose deaths almost quadrupling between 2002 and 2013.
CBP New York Field Operations acting director Leon Hayward said, “Heroin is a dangerous narcotic, and CBP does its part in keeping these drugs off the streets. Our officers are determined to protect the American people from these illicit substances.”
The New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office will be seeking narcotics smuggling charges against Mr. Rebolledo and Ms. Sanchez.
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