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9 Pounds of Cocaine Found on Fly Jamaica Crew Member

March 22, 2018
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9 Pounds of Cocaine Found on Fly Jamaica Crew Member
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A Fly Jamaica crew member was arrested at JFK airport in New York City after attempting to smuggle nine pounds of cocaine through customs on March 17. Hugh Hall, the Fly Jamaica crew member, was arrested after authorities said he "could not get a leg up" on Customs and Border Protection officers — Hall attempted to smuggle the illicit substance into the US by strapping all nine pounds to his legs. The street value of the cocaine is estimated to be $160,000.

After Hall presented himself at Customs, he was escorted into a private room where he was searched. Authorities found four packets of cocaine strapped to Hall's leg after inspection and was arrested on suspicion of importation of a controlled substance. He was turned over to Homeland Security for further investigation.

“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,” Leon Hayward, acting director of CBP’s New York Field Operations told Newsweek.

Hall will be prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office in the US Eastern District Court of New York and faces federal narcotics smuggling charges. Fly Jamaica Airways have yet to comment on Hall’s arrest.

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