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CBP at JFK ‘Doubles Up’ Smugglers

Release Date: 
March 15, 2016

Officers seize Cocaine from Two Passengers in Suitcase

JAMAICA, N.Y. — U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers pulled off the ‘double play’ when two passengers had more than personal items in their checked-in luggage at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

CBP at JFK ‘Doubles Up’ Smugglers

CBP at JFK ‘Doubles Up’ Smugglers

On March 5, CBP officers intercepted passenger Ms. Elisabethmone Lewis, a United States citizen, arriving from St. Lucia.  When Ms. Lewis presented herself for examination, CBP officers noticed that the bottom of her suitcase was unusually thick.

She was escorted to a private search room where her checked-in suitcase was probed revealing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

On March 6, CBP officers intercepted passenger Ms. Anne Cadet, a Haitian citizen, arriving from Haiti.  Ms. Cadet presented one suitcase for examination to CBP officers, who noticed that the bottom of her suitcase was unusually thick.

She was escorted to a private search room where her checked-in suitcase was probed revealing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Ms. Lewis and Ms. Cadet were arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

Ms. Lewis was attempting to smuggle approximately 3 lbs. of cocaine with an estimated street value of $59,000.

Ms. Cadet was attempting to smuggle approximately 5 lbs. of cocaine with an estimated street value of $77,000.

“These seizures demonstrate our officers vigilance and daily commitment at JFK, in keeping prohibited and dangerous narcotics off the streets and out of our communities,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations in New York for CBP.

They now face 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017