Two travelers on a flight from the Dominican Republic to the United States were caught trying to smuggle cocaine into the country.
Earlier this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in New York arrested both travelers — Ariel Garcia, a United States Citizen; and Elvin Montilla-Sosa, a citizen of the Dominican Republic — after an inspection at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Garcia was carrying 11 lbs. of cocaine that he had packaged in bags, which he then taped to his legs. CBP reports it had a street value of more than $180,000.
Montilla-Sosa had similar bags taped to his legs and back. CBP said he had about 12 lbs. of cocaine attached to his body, worth more than $200K on the street.
“This latest seizure demonstrates our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,” said Leon Hayward, acting director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
Both men have been placed under arrest and were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. They face federal narcotics smuggling charges.
See the report on a similar incident in March at JFK Airport here.
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