A Brooklyn man was arrested at JFK Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle 17 pounds of cocaine into the country. The drug was concealed as baking products from Guyana, US officials said, recently.
The United States Customs and Border Protection agency arrested Shawn Hudson on May 14, at Kennedy Airport.
Hudson, a tow truck driver, had arrived from Georgetown, Guyana on Delta Flight 384. Customs and Border Protection officers selected Hudson’s baggage for inspection due to an abnormal odour and their unusual weight.
The two bags the Brooklyn man presented contained five bags of “Champion” brand baking powder and three bags of “Champion” brand custard powder.
When customs officers tested the contents of the baking products, they proved to be cocaine.
The bags contained more than 17 pounds of the illegal substance and according to officials have a street value in excess of US$500,000.
“This was an excellent seizure by CBP officers in the New York area,” said Robert E. Perez, director, Field Operations, New York Field Office.
Perez added, “Although this was not a complex concealment, CBP officers remembered not to overlook the simple stuff.”
Hudson is awaiting federal prosecution. If sentenced, he will face significant time in prison.
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