JAMAICA, N.Y.—Paper or Plastic? It seems that plastic plates were the preferred method of concealment for a passenger arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
On March 16, CBP officers inspected passenger Eduardo Delgado, who was arriving from Lima, Peru on a flight originating from Colombia. During inspection, CBP officers discovered three plastic plates that felt unusually thick. CBP officers probed the plates, producing a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. Delgado was placed under arrest by CBP officers and was turned over to agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
A total of 2.43 pounds of cocaine was seized, with an approximate street value of $54,000.
The men and women of CBP are professional and diligent in keeping our nation safe from the proliferation of dangerous substances," said Robert E. Perez, Director of Field Operations New York. "This seizure serves as another example to the American public of CBP's dedication and vigilance."
Delgado 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.