Huge cocaine bust at JFK

28-year-old Juan Carlos Galan Luperon was arrested at JFK airport after attempting to smuggle cocaine from the Dominican Republic.
Courtesy of U. S. Customs and Border Protection
By Gina Martinez

KENNEDY AIRPORT — U.S. Customs and Border protection arrested a man at JFK Airport who the agency said was “busting out of his pants” with cocaine.

According to Customs, on March 4, American Citizen Juan Carlos Galan Luperon arrived at JFK Airport from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and presented himself for inspection when he began to show signs of nervousness and his pants appeared snug.

Luperon was taken to a private search room where officers conducted a physical search and found packages of cocaine taped around both his legs, Customs said. According to the federal agency, the cocaine packages seized weighed a total of 10 pounds, with an estimated street value of $164,000.

“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 arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations, the agency said. He faces federal narcotics smuggling charges, Customs said.

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