The US Customs and Border Protection said Fly Jamaica Airways crewmember was arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine into United States.
Hugh Hall, a resident of Jamaica, was flying into New York on St. Patrick’s Day when he was caught with the secret stash — worth approximately $160,000 on the street.
The drugs were discovered after the man was escorted into a private search room at JFK International Airport in New York on March 17,.
Federal agents discovered four packages taped to his legs. Nine pounds of cocaine was seized, with a reported street value of $160,000. Photos released by the CBP show the suspect, in his airline uniform, with pants pulled down and white tape around his thighs and ankle.
Hugh Hall was coming from Montego Bay landing at JFK, Hall exited his plane and presented himself for inspection at customs. Agents apparently noticed the drugs and called backup — prompting a full body search.
The suspect has been charged with federal narcotics smuggling and will be prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office.
The acting director of CBP’s New York Field Operations Leon Hayward,said ;“this seizure is another example of our CBP officers being vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,”