(Thursday, August 09, 2012)
Jamaica, N.Y.— An arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International Airport found herself in a “hairy” situation when she was confronted by U. S. Customs and Border Protection Officers.
On July 25, CBP officers inspected Ms. Emilce Cardona who was arriving on a flight from Bogota, Colombia. During the course of the inspection CBP officers discovered 38 packages of hair treatment within her baggage, which when probed produced a brown pasty substance that tested positive for heroin. Ms. Cardona was arrested for the importation of narcotics and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. The total weight, hair treatment as well as heroin, from this seizure is approximately 8.05 lbs.
“This latest seizure demonstrates the steadfastness of the CBP officers on the ground to detect, detain and deter those who would try to import these illegal substances,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York. “CBP is ever vigilant in our daily battle in combating the flow of illicit narcotics from entering the United States.”
Ms. Cardona now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.
All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.