US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

CBP at JFK Seizes Cocaine in Suitcase

Release Date: 
July 25, 2018

JAMAICA, N.Y. — An arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International Airport had more than clothes in her suitcase when encountered by U. S. Customs and Border Protection Officers.

CBP JFK Cocaine Baggage and Rail
CBP JFK Cocaine Baggage
and Rail

On July 23, CBP officers stopped Ms. Diamonaire Smith, a United States citizen, who arrived on a flight from Port of Spain, Trinidad.  During the baggage inspection CBP officers noted that the sides of the suitcase felt unusually thick. The CBP officers thereafter probed the suitcase which revealed a white powdery substance. The white powdery substance field-tested positive for cocaine.

Ms. Smith was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for investigation.  The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately five lbs. with an estimated street value of $85,000.

“Our CBP officers continue to demonstrate daily vigilance and excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle illegal narcotics,” said Frank Russo, Acting Director, Field Office New York.

Ms. Smith 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. 

Last modified: 
July 25, 2018