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Smuggler Attempts to Bypass CBP Officers at JFK with $1.7 Million Worth of Cocaine

Release Date: 
January 26, 2010

Jamaica, N.Y. - Dorothy Sears, a visitor from Guyana, attempted to smuggle more than 54 pounds of cocaine concealed in a suitcase. On January 12, Customs and Border Protection officers at JFK intercepted Ms. Sears, who originated her travel in Georgetown, Guyana, and was bound for Brooklyn, N.Y.

Small packages in a woman's luggage contain 54 pounds of cocaine.

Small packages in a woman's luggage contain 54 pounds of cocaine.

CBP officers selected Ms. Sears for a routine Customs examination. A search of her person revealed a small package of marijuana concealed in her bra. In addition, a Customs K-9 Unit alerted to a checked bag that Ms. Sears was attempting to abandon. Once the Customs officer searched her checked luggage they discovered a number of brick like packages. A more intrusive examination of the packages revealed a white powdery substance; which later field tested positive for cocaine.

"CBP is committed to intercepting any illicit activity that threatens the American public," said Robert E. Perez, director of Field Operations, New York Field Office. "This is just one example of the great teamwork and dedication that CBP officers in the greater New York area demonstrate daily."

The cocaine seized has a street value of more than $1,700,000. Ms. Sears is being prosecuted in the U.S. Attorney's office, Eastern District. This case is pending further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017