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US Customs and Border Protection in NYC Find More Than 12 pounds of Cocaine Inside an Aircraft

Release Date: 
August 29, 2011

Jamaica, NY - This flight was not showing the film "Snakes on a Plane", but rather had cocaine hidden within the aircraft frame.

CBC officers seize total of 5.58 kilograms (12.32 pounds) of cocaine at JFK; with an estimated street value of $500,000.

On July 27, 2011, CBP Officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport conducted an aircraft search on a flight arriving from Bogota, Colombia and found five brick packages within the left-side wall in the aft cargo hold area.

CBP Officers were conducting an enforcement examination of the arriving aircraft when they discovered an anomaly within the wall of the aft cargo hold. Upon removing the panel they discovered five brick shaped packages that were tested positive for cocaine. CBP has officers that are FAA certified aircraft mechanics who conduct physical searches of the aircraft.

A total of 5.58 kilograms (12.32 pounds) of cocaine was seized; the estimated street value for this seizure is approximately $500,000.

New York Field Operations Director, Robert E. Perez said, "CBP Officers stand on the front line in this battle of illegal narcotics destined for distribution within the United States and ensure that these illicit narcotics are seized prior to entering this country."

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017