JAMAICA, N.Y. — U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers in New York are always discovering interesting concealment methods. Vaginally inserting cocaine is another way that one would-be smuggler attempted to transport illegal drugs into the United States.
On February 21, Ms. Shekira Thompson, a United States citizen, arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Kingston, Jamaica and presented herself for inspection. CBP officers escorted the passenger to a private search room where upon further questioning Ms. Thompson admitted to vaginally inserting a foreign body.
The vaginal insert produced a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. An approximate weight of 1/2 lb. of cocaine was seized, with an estimated street value of $10,000.
“This seizure is just another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
CBP officers placed Ms. Shekira Thompson under arrest and turned her over to the Port Authority Police Department. She now faces state narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the Queens County District Court.
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.