Officers Say They Find Cocaine Hidden In Coffee Bags At JFK Airport

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U.S Customers and Border Protection officers release this photograph of coffee bags filled with grounds and cocaine, they say. They say a woman attempted to smuggle the drugs into the US. Source: Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customers and Border Protection officers release this photograph of coffee bags filled with grounds and cocaine, they say. They say a woman attempted to smuggle the drug into the US.
Source: Customs and Border Protection

A would-be drug smuggler is caught in the act, US Customs and Border officers say. They say a woman appeared to have bags of coffee with her at an airport, but she was really concealing cocaine the officers said. Authorities say that she was trying to smuggle the drugs into the United States.

Authorities say the woman, Sherese Lee Ann Drake of Jamaica, arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport from Montego Bay Jamaica Airport. They say during an inspection CBP officers looked in the woman’s suitcase. They say they found a coffee bag which was filled with a white powder. The pictures the CPB released shows a mix of what appears to be brown coffee grounds and white powder. The incident occurred April 13, 2016, CBP reports.

Officers took Drake to a private search room and CBP officers found two bags of coffee that also had the white powder. Tests showed that it was positive for cocaine, CBP says. In total, approximately three pounds of cocaine was seized and the estimated street value is more than $50,000.

“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 CBP’s New York Field Operations.

CBP officers placed Ms. Drake under arrest. She was turned her over to the Port Authority Police Department and she now faces state narcotics smuggling charges, CPB says. They say she will be prosecuted by the Queens District Attorney’s Office. On a news release they wrote that all defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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