For the second time in two weeks, officials at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York have arrested someone attempting to smuggle cocaine in from the Dominican Republic by taping the contraband to their legs under their pants.
On March 16, Mayobanex Ruiz Gomez had approximately five pounds of cocaine with a street value of more than $83,000 taped to his legs. He had arrived at JFK from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and had “exhibited numerous signs of nervousness” while his suitcase was being inspected, according to the press release on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.
Gomez, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was then brought to a private search area where the cocaine was discovered. He was placed under arrest by CBP officers and subsequently taken into custody by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Gomez will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York for federal narcotics smuggling charges.
“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.
This comes on the heels of the March 4 arrest of Juan Carlos Galan Luperon at JFK, who was caught with 10 pounds of cocaine (an estimated $164,000 street value) taped to his legs.
Luperon is a United States citizen and was returning from a trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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