U. S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport allegedly found more than clothing in a woman’s luggage on Sept. 19.
Janisha Amalee Atkins was arrived on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, when she was stopped by CBP officers, according to a officials.
During the course of the inspection, CBP officers found two pairs of platform shoes that felt unusually heavy in the Atkins’ luggage, officials said. She was escorted to a private search room where the officers probed the shoes and discovered a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
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A pocketbook that also felt unusually heavy was also discovered during the search, according to officials. CBP officers probed the pocketbook revealing a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
Atkins was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately 3.7 pounds with an approximate street value of more than $64,000, according to officials.
“This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances,” Robert E. Perez, Director of Field Operations New York, said in a release.
Atkins faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.
All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.