US Customs nabs passenger on flight from Jamaica with cocaine hidden in shoes

May 05, 2021

ATLANTA, CMC – The United States Customs and Border Protection agency says it has intercepted a Georgia woman arriving at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on a flight from Jamaica with cocaine.

“Upon closer examination of her bags, seven pairs of shoes were found to have a white powdery substance concealed in the shoe bottoms that field-tested positive for cocaine,” it said about the unidentified 21-year-old woman.

The agency said the cocaine discovered was seized and weighed about three pounds, with a street value estimated at US$40,000.

“Smugglers go through great lengths to conceal drugs from our officers,” said Paula Rivera, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Atlanta, adding “narcotics interdiction remains a priority CBP enforcement mission, one that we take very seriously”.

CBP said officers seize an average of 3,677 pounds of drugs on a daily basis.

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