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CARIBBEAN 360 – A Jamaican woman is facing drug smuggling charges after being caught at the John F. Kennedy International Airport with cocaine hidden inside bags of coffee.
Sherese Lee Ann Drake, 27, was nabbed after arriving in New York from Montego Bay last Wednesday, according to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a release issued on Friday.
“During the examination of Ms. Drake’s suitcase, CBP officers removed a plastic coffee bag that contained a white powder. Ms. Drake was escorted to a private search room where CBP officers probed two bags of coffee, all of which contained a white powder that tested positive for cocaine,” it added.
In total, approximately three pounds of cocaine was seized. The estimated street value is over US$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 Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations, Robert Perez.
Drake was turned over to the Port Authority Police Department after her arrest by CBP officers. She now faces state narcotics smuggling charges.