Drug smuggler caught posing as airline crew

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In a plot that could have come from the movie “Catch Me if You Can,” Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers stopped and searched the baggage of a Jamaican passenger dressed like an airline pilot, only to find that he was not the “deadheading crewmember” he claimed.

Mario Hudson’s luggage searched at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport turned out to contain two fake Delta Airlines’ ID badges and approximately five pounds of cocaine. Estimated street value of the cocaine was $85,000.

“During the examination of Mr. Hudson’s luggage, CBP officers noticed that the sides and bottom appeared to be unusually thick and heavy,” according to a report on Monday.

Hudson was subsequently arrested for importing a controlled substance and turned over to Homeland Security investigators.

“This seizure demonstrates the vigilance and dedication demonstrated daily by CBP officers at JFK in keeping these prohibited and dangerous narcotics off the streets of our communities,” said Leon Hayward, acting director of Field Operations in New York for the CBP.

Now facing federal narcotics smuggling charges, Hudson will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.

H/T: US Customs and Border Patrol

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