Woman Tries to Smuggle $450,000 of Cocaine in Wheelchair at New York Airport
According to an Associated Press report, a woman was arrested at a New York airport after attempting to smuggle 28 pounds and $450,000 worth of cocaine through Customs at Kennedy International Airport.
According to the report, on November 10, $450,000 worth of cocaine was seized at New York's Kennedy International Airport after a Dominican citizen named Emelinda Paulino De Rivas tried to smuggle it through the airport in a wheelchair. Customs officers say they noticed an anomaly in the wheels of the wheelchair, and upon further inspection found 28 pounds of cocaine.
Apparently, the wheels on the wheelchair weren't turning, prompting the officers to stop the woman and inquire about the issue. They noticed the anomaly when they X-rayed the wheelchair. She was arrested on smuggling charges and the case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
Francis J. Russo, Director of Customs and Border Patrol's New York field operations, said "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. CBP's mission is to guard the borders and ports of entry 24/7, 365 days a year to prevent these dangerous drugs from potentially killing our family, friends, and neighbors."
Well at the very least, you have to give points for creativity. Who knows if the cocaine would have been discovered had the wheels if the wheelchair not gotten stuck. A couple of pounds lighter and maybe the wheelchair works fine and nobody gets alerted to the presence of $450,000 worth of cocaine. But we'll never know for sure since Customs officers were able to identify the anomaly and took swift action to keep 28 pounds of cocaine from hitting the streets.