Man arrested at JFK for attempting to smuggle heroin in underwear

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U. S. Customs & Border Protection agents stopped a man who allegedly tried to smuggle in more than 1.5 pounds of heroin in his underwear.
Credit: U. S. Customs & Border Protection

Authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport stopped a man who allegedly tried to smuggle heroin into the country in his underwear.

Customs agents patted down Bernard Charles, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, on April 1 after officials said he appeared nervous during an inspection of his suitcase.

When agents took him aside for a private search, they found two vacuum-sealed packages of a brown substance that tested positive for heroin.

Weighing 1.79 pounds, the packages had an approximate street value of more than $70,000, according to authorities.

Charles, who was arrested at the airport, faces federal narcotics smuggling charges.

“This seizure is just another example of our … officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,” said New York Field Operations Director Robert E. Perez in a statement.

Earlier this month, customs agents at JFK also stopped a Trinidadian traveler who attempted to smuggle 7 pounds of cocaine hidden inside frozen goat meat.

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