Photo Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Approximately 10 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of more than $164,000, were discovered taped to the passenger’s legs.
By Forum Staff
Federal agents recently nabbed a passenger who had just arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport with approximately 10 pounds of cocaine strapped to his body, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.
On March 4, Juan Carlos Galan Luperon, a United States citizen, arrived at JFK Airport from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and presented himself for inspection. According to CBP officers, during his examination, Luperon exhibited numerous signs of nervousness and his pants “appeared to be rather snug.”
Luperon was subsequently escorted to a private search room where CBP officers conducted a physical search of his person. During the search, officials said, the agents found packages, which later tested positive for cocaine, taped around both of his legs.
The total estimated street value of the seized white stuff is more than $164,000, according to the agency.
“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,” said Leon Hayward, acting director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
Luperon was immediately taken into custody and turned over to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations. He faces federal narcotics smuggling charges.