This suddenly popular drug-smuggling strategy really blows.
Two more men were busted at JFK Airport for strapping pounds of cocaine to their legs, US Customs officials said Wednesday.
The men — who were traveling separately but were on the same flight — arrived at JFK from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on April 19, officials said.
Ariel Garcia, a US citizen, was escorted to a private search room, where officers discovered packages of a white, powdery substance — weighing in at 11 pounds, with an estimated street value of more than $180,000 — taped to his legs.
Meanwhile, officers also searched Elvin Montilla-Sosa, a citizen of the Dominican Republic.
On him, they found about 12 pounds of the drug — worth about $200,000 — taped to his legs and back.
All of the packages were seized and both men, who did not know each other, were arrested, according to officials. They face federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted in the US Eastern District Court of New York.
“This latest seizure demonstrates our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,” Leon Hayward, acting director of New York field operations for US Customs and Border Patrol, said in a statement.
In two separate incidents last month, officials nabbed men who were traveling from the same country with cocaine stuffed in their pants.
On March 16, officers searched Mayobanex Ruiz Gomez, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, and found about 5 pounds of cocaine — worth more than $83,000 — taped to his legs.
And back on March 4, Customs officers noticed that Juan Carlos Galan Luperon was “busting out of his pants.”
They found several packages of the powdery drug, valued at about $164,000, taped to his legs.
“Anything you can think of, any scenario trying to get illegal narcotics into the country, it’s been done,” said Anthony Bucci, a spokesman for Customs’ New York office. “It’s almost like a fashion trend, a certain trend will go away and then come back. It’s not really anything new.”
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