Crooks can be quite crafty when it comes to sneaking drugs around. One traveler was arrested at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when $450,000 worth of cocaine was found hidden in the wheels of her wheelchair.
The traveler had arrived in the United States from the Dominican Republic on November 10, 2022, when officers noticed that the wheels on her wheelchair were remaining stationary. Officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection X-rayed the wheelchair to find out why the wheels weren’t turning.
They discovered 28 pounds of cocaine in all four wheels that had an estimated street value of around $450,000. The traveler was promptly arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. She is now facing federal narcotics smuggling charges.
“CBP stands steadfast and determined in working with our partners to identify the trans-national criminal networks responsible for importing these deadly drugs into our neighborhoods,” said Francis J. Russo, Director of Customs and Border Protection’s New York Field Operations.