Fri | Jan 19, 2018

J'can woman hides US$70,000 worth of cocaine in beef patties

Published:Saturday | January 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A Jamaican woman, Chantal Alecia Bedward, was arrested at the JFK International Airport in New York, United States, on Thursday as she tried to smuggle cocaine, with a street value of approximately US$70,000, hidden in a box of beef patties.

According to reports, Bedward was busted after Customs agents found four pounds of cocaine at the airport.

Federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials reportedly said agents got suspicious when they found the box of Jamaican beef patties in Bedward's luggage when she arrived at the airport from Kingston on Tuesday.

Bedward, after being taken into a private search room and the box opened, 12 duct-taped packages of cocaine allegedly spilled out.

Bedward was then arrested by the agents for drug smuggling. The case is now turned over to the Department of Homeland Security investigations unit.

"This seizure demonstrates the vigilance and dedication demonstrated daily by CBP officers at JFK, in keeping these prohibited and dangerous narcotics off the streets of our communities," Robert E. Perez, director of field operations in New York for CBP, was reported as saying.

Bedward will be prosecuted in Brooklyn Federal Court.