We had nothing to do with it - Tastee says use of its products to smuggle drugs unfortunate

January 21, 2017
Federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said agents got suspicious when they found the box of Tastee Brand Jamaican Beef Patties in Chantal Alecia Bedward's luggage.

Tastee Jamaica has moved to distance itself from a recent incident in the United States which saw a Jamaican woman arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine into that country.

"We had nothing to do with it. We stand by the integrity of our product. Its unfortunate that she had Tastee, but because it is the best,", Tara Goldburn, marketing and public relations manager at Tastee told THE STAR yesterday.

 

Got suspicious

 

Information on the Federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website said agents got suspicious when they found the box of Tastee Brand Jamaican Beef Patties in Chantal Alecia Bedward's luggage when she arrived at JFK Airport from Kingston Tuesday.

She was searched and agents found four pounds of cocaine hidden in the crust of the patties. Bedward was subsequently arrested and charged with drug smuggling.

Officials estimated the street value of the drugs at US$70,000 (approximately J$9 million).

Robert E. Perez, Director of Field Operations in New York for CBP, is quoted as saying that the 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".

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