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Philadelphia CBP Arrests Brooklyn Woman in Cocaine Smuggling Attempt at PHL

Release Date: 
November 17, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a Brooklyn, N.Y., woman after officers discovered more than two pounds of cocaine in her baggage at Philadelphia International Airport November 10.

Jody Ann Graham, 22, arrived from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and was referred to a random secondary inspection by a CBP officer working around the baggage return area. During that examination, CBP officers discovered one package of cocaine sewn inside the bottom of each of two bags Graham claimed were hers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Jody Ann Graham, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., after officers discovered two and one-half pounds of cocaine concealed inside her baggage at Philadelphia International Airport Nov. 10, 2014. (USCBP Photo/Handout)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Jody Ann Graham, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., after they discovered two and one-half pounds of cocaine concealed inside her baggage at Philadelphia International Airport Nov. 10, 2014. (USCBP Photo/Handout)

The cocaine weighed a combined 1,162 grams or about 2 pounds, 9 ounces. The estimated street value is about $80,000.

CBP officers turned Graham over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“This cocaine seizure exemplifies the vigilance exercised by our U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to interdict harmful and illicit products, including deadly narcotics that poison our communities,” said Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia. “Narcotics enforcement at our nation’s borders remains a top priority for CBP and our law enforcement partners.”

In addition to narcotics enforcement, CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017