Customs catches passenger with cocaine pretending to be crew member

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Last week, customs agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) caught a passenger pretending to be a crew member at JFK International Airport.

On March 27, officers intercepted Mario Hudson, who was arriving from Kingston, Jamaica. he was dressed what appeared to be a pilot’s uniform.

But during baggage inspection, CBP officials found what appears to be two fake Delta Airlines ID badges.

While examining Hudson’s luggage, officers noticed the sides and bottoms appeared to be unusually thick and heavy, they said. Hudson was taken to a private search room, where his suitcase was probed.

Officials found a white powder that tested positive for cocaine. The total weigh of the cocaine taken was about 5 pounds, with an approximate street value of $85,000.

Hudson was arrested for the import of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security for investigations. He now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District.


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