Jamaica, N.Y. - A new bag or a pair of shoes is the typical accessory for a new dress, not a package of heroin. But heroin is exactly what was discovered recently at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
New York Field Operations Director Robert E. Perez said, "The methods of concealment used by smugglers of illicit narcotics are quite imaginative. However, CBP officers stand on the front line in the battle against illegal drugs destined for distribution in the United States."
On July 22, CBP officers responded to the New York Air Courier Clearance (NYACC) Express Consignment Courier Facility to examine a shipment that was labeled as a "Dress" from India. The officers examined three traditional Indian dresses with a strong chemical odor and thick hem. The hem of the dresses was probed and a tan powdery substance was discovered and tested for heroin.
A total of 1.29 kilograms (2.8 pounds) of heroin was concealed in the hem of these dresses, and the street value of the heroin seized was approximately $90,000.
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.