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CBP at JFK Seizes Cocaine in Meat

Release Date: 
April 7, 2014

JAMAICA, N.Y. — An arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International Airport had a different kind of ‘beef’ when encountered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers.Meat seized by CBP also contained cocaine

On March 20, CBP officers stopped Mr. Yudishtir Maharaj who was arriving on a flight from Port of Spain, Trinidad.  During the course of the inspection CBP officers discovered three large packages of frozen meat within his luggage.  When probed, the frozen packages of meat produced a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.  Mr. Maharaj was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.  The total weight of cocaine seized is approximately 7.35 lbs.

“This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York.

Mr. Maharaj now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.

All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.