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The four packages taped to the crew member’s legs were 9 pounds of cocaine with an approximate street value of $160,000, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
By Forum Staff
A crew member of Fly Jamaica Airways recently was caught attempting to smuggle approximately 9 pounds of cocaine into the country via John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
On Saturday, March 17, Hugh Hall, a citizen of Jamaica, arrived at JFK on a flight from Montego Bay. Hall was escorted to a private search room in which CBP officers discovered four packages taped to his legs, all of which contained a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.
Hall was arrested and turned over to Department of Homeland Security Investigations. He faces federal narcotics smuggling charges.
The approximate street value of the illicit substance allegedly found on Hall’s person is $160,000, Customs officials noted.
“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,” said Leon Hayward, acting director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.