JAMAICA, N.Y. — U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers in New York are always discovering interesting concealment methods. Hiding heroin in your underwear is another way that one would-be smuggler attempted to transport illegal drugs into the United States.
On April 1, Mr. Bernard Charles, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Port of Spain, Trinidad and presented himself for inspection. During the examination of Mr. Charles’s suitcase, he exhibited numerous signs of nervousness.
Mr. Charles was subsequently escorted to a private search room where CBP officers conducted a physical search of his person. It was during this search that they discovered two clear packages in the subject’s groin area.
The two packages contained a brown paste-like substance that tested positive for heroin. A total weight of 1.79 lbs. of heroin was seized, with an approximate street value of more than $70,000.
“This seizure is just another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
CBP officers placed him under arrest and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). He 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.