NORTH CAROLINA, United States, Tuesday November 13, 2018 – On separate occasions, just two days apart, Jamaicans arriving at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina were caught trying to smuggle cocaine into the United States.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers first encountered a 26-year old man who arrived on a flight from Montego Bay. During an inspection of his luggage, they discovered a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
Two days later, CBP officers encountered a 37-year old man, also arriving from Montego Bay, with more of the drug.
The total weight of cocaine seized was over six pounds, with an estimated street value of US$90,000.
“Our CBP officers continue to demonstrate daily vigilance and excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle illegal narcotics,” said Barry Chastain, CBP Acting Area Port Director Charlotte.
“These arrests demonstrate CBP’s vigilance and dedication to securing the homeland and safeguarding our citizens.”
The two Jamaicans, who were not named, were arrested for importation of a controlled substance and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.