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Big drug bust at JFK Airport

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:30 am

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says agents stopped an attempt to smuggle over 150 pounds of illegal drugs into the country on a flight that originated in the Caribbean and landed at JFK Airport late last month.

The bust occurred on Oct. 29. CBP officers at JFK conducted an aircraft search that day on a flight arriving from Montego Bay, Jamaica. During their aircraft search, they discovered 28 brick-shaped objects in two large, blue folded duffle bags behind a side panel wall.

According to CBP, six of the brick-shaped objects were probed, revealing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine. Six more bricks that were probed were made up of numerous pellets containing a brown tar-like substance that tested positive for hashish. The last 16 bricks were inspected and officers found a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana.

A total weight of 28.88 lbs. of cocaine, 42.02 lbs. of hashish and 89.88 lbs. of marijuana was seized, CBP said. The estimated street value for the seizure is approximately $1.2 million.

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