Crew Member Aboard Jamaica Airways Busted Smuggling Cocaine Down His Pants

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Federal agents at a major New York City airport recently arrested a crew member with Fly Jamaica Airlines who attempted to smuggle cocaine onto the flight by hiding it down his pants.

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at John F. Kennedy International Airport made the discovery while conducting “pat downs” of the flight’s crew, who were selected for a security screening Saturday after arriving from Montego Bay in Jamaica. The crew member, a Jamaican citizen named Hugh Hall, was found to have strapped four packages containing a white powder to his legs, reports The Washington Post.

Hall admitted to federal agents that the substance was cocaine. He was smuggling roughly $160,000 worth of the narcotic.

Large quantities of narcotics continue to infiltrate the U.S. due to relentless efforts of drug traffickers taking advantage of America’s deteriorating opioid epidemic. Traffickers often attempt to slip narcotics through American airports undetected.

Authorities busted a U.S. citizen living in Mexico with 15 pounds of heroin stuffed inside her luggage after she flew into Dulles International Airport in Virginia March 10.

Authorities arrested a man at Dulles International Airport in April 2017 after arriving on a flight with a bag of lollipops containing nearly two pounds of heroin. Oddly enough, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, after conducting an interview, concluded the unidentified man had no idea he was transporting heroin within the lollipops and declined to press charges.

Police arrested two men attempting to use a dog crate to smuggle more than $1 million worth of heroin through JFK airport in New York City March 2017. Officers uncovered 10 bricks of heroin weighing roughly 22 pounds in a false bottom built into a crate.

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under age 50, killing more than 64,000 people in 2016.

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