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.