Jamaican held with US$90,000 worth of cocaine
United States Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Jamaican woman on Monday after her luggage was searched and found to contain $90,000 worth cocaine while travelling through the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
According to www.baltimoresun.com, officers found nearly three pounds of cocaine in the bottom of a bag belonging to Trudian James, who had arrived at the airport at about 4:30 p.m.
THE STAR gathered that officers were attracted to James' suitcase after they noticed an unusual thickness.
The drug was unearthed during an X-ray scan.
The Customs and Border Protection Agency says they hope this arrest sends a strong signal that its officers remain committed to intercepting illicit narcotics before it can reach their communities
Dianna Bowman, the agency's area director for the port of Baltimore, in a statement, said, "Transnational criminal organisations employ many unique concealment methods to smuggle their deadly drugs into the United States, and Customs and Border Protection officers must remain vigilant to stop these attempts."
THE STAR understands that James, 30, was turned over to the Maryland State Police for prosecution and she faces five counts of drug-related charges.