Two arriving passengers were busted for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin into the country at JFK Airport.
On March 26, Andres Uribe Rebolledo and his girlfriend Yuly Valencia Sanchez, both Colombian citizens, arrived on a flight from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
During a security examination, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers discovered a Marshall speaker and a Glenmorangie whiskey box gift set that appeared to be unusually heavy. A subsequent probe of the items produced a tan substance which tested positive for heroin.
In total, approximately nine pounds of heroin – with a street value of $250,000 – was seized.
“Heroin is a dangerous narcotic, and CBP does its part in keeping these drugs off the streets.” said Leon Hayward, acting director of CBP’s New York field operations. “Our officers are determined to protect the American people from these illicit substances.”
Both travelers were arrested and face narcotics smuggling charges.