JAMAICA, N.Y. — An arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International Airport tried to ‘walk’ past U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers, but was stopped in his tracks.
On February 9, CBP officers stopped Mr. Amaziah Hohenkirk, a Guyanese citizen, who arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana via Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. During the course of the inspection, CBP officers discovered four pairs of sneakers and two pairs of shoes in his luggage that contained a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.
Mr. Hohenkirk was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately 4 lbs. with a street value estimated to be $67,000.
“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. Hohenkirk 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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.