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CBP at JFK Seizes Cocaine Inside Picture Frames

Release Date: 
March 22, 2017

JAMAICA, N.Y. – This arriving passenger thought she had framed a picture-perfect concealment method, however U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport exposed her plan.

CBP at JFK Seizes Cocaine Inside Picture Frames
CBP at JFK Seizes
Cocaine Inside Picture

On March 21, Ms. Fabiola Guerrero Mendoza, a Mexican Citizen, arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Mexico City, Mexico and presented herself to CBP for inspection.

CBP agriculture specialists conducted a physical search of her baggage, and discovered three wooden frames that displayed an anomaly while being x-rayed. agriculture specialists consulted with CBP officers who then probed the picture frames revealing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

In total, approximately 14 lbs. of cocaine filled wooden picture frames were seized. Due to the concealment method, a street value cannot be determined at this time.

“CBP Officers remain ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these dangerous drugs, regardless of the concealment methods employed by these would-be smugglers,” said Leon Hayward, acting Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.

Ms. Mendoza was turned over to the Port Authority Police Department and will be prosecuted by the Queens County District Court for narcotics smuggling charges.

All defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021