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Customs officers never know what they might find, and where.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport busted a woman entering the country Wednesday with 3 lbs. of powder cocaine hidden inside two plastic coffee bags, officials announced Thursday.

Sherese Lee Ann Drake, a Jamaican citizen, was arriving from Montego Bay, Jamaica, when she presented herself and her suitcase for inspection. Upon examination, CBP officers found one coffee bag with white powder.

Ms. Drake was then escorted to a private examination room where officers found the second bag with white power that tested positive for cocaine. The street value of the 3 lbs. of cocaine is estimated at more than $50,000.

This is not the first, or even the most inventive, incident of drug smuggling at JFK. In 2014, a man attempted to smuggle 18 lbs. of cocaine, worth nearly $300,000, into JFK inside eight bags of powdered custard. There have also been multiple instances of individuals smuggling drugs inside sneakersfrozen meat, hair products and even in their underwear.

“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of DBP’s New York Field Operations.

Drake was placed under arrest and turned over to the Port Authority Police Department. She now faces state narcotics smuggling charges.


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