When is a magic marker not a magic marker? When it is filled with cocaine as U. S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport discovered.
On May 08, 2012, CBP Officers inspected arriving passenger Tomas Sykora from Port Au Prince, Haiti. While CBP Officers examined Mr. Sykora’s luggage they discovered a bag of magic markers. They probed the markers and a white powder was produced, which tested positive for cocaine. CBP Officers seized a total of 16 magic markers, 17 antiperspirant deodorants, 24 nail polish bottles and six bags of buttons (approximately 684 buttons) all containing cocaine. The total approximate gross weight of the substance that tested positive for the presence of cocaine is 15.96 pounds (7,243.2 grams).
“The men and women of CBP stand on the front lines in the battle of keeping our nation safe from the trafficking of illegal narcotics,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York. “Once again CBP has demonstrated their steadfastness is stemming the flow of these dangerous drugs.”
Mr. Sykora was placed under arrest for the importation of a controlled substance. He now 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.