CBP Officers Seize Cocaine in cans labeled Tuna and Corn
JAMAICA, N.Y. — This arriving passenger was looking to more than tuna salad for lunch as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport discovered.
On January 25, CBP officers stopped Mr. Jaime Macias, a United States citizen, who was arriving on a flight from Guayaquil, Ecuador. During the course of the inspection, CBP officers discovered three cans labeled as tuna and three cans labeled as corn in his checked suitcase. CBP officers escorted Mr. Macias to a private search room where the six cans labeled as food were probed and tested positive for cocaine. Mr. Macias was arrested for the import of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately 7 lbs. with an estimated street value of $127,000.
“Cocaine is a dangerous narcotic, and CBP does its part in keeping these drugs off the streets.” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations. “Our officers are determined to protect the American people from these illicit substances.”
Jaime Macias 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.