MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) –A flight crew member is accused of trying to smuggle cocaine into the United States, according to US Customs and Border Protection.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: Cases, Positivity Rates, Deaths Rise Amid Coronavirus Surge
The drugs were discovered after the Fly Jamaica Airways crew member was escorted into a private search room at JFK International Airport in New York on March 17, the statement said. His flight had arrived from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Federal agents said they discovered four packages taped to his legs. Nine pounds of cocaine was seized, with a reported street value of $160,000.READ MORE: 'Biggest Tragedy Is Preventable Loss Of Life': Memorial Healthcare System Chief Urges Public To Get COVID Vaccine
Photos released by the CBP show the suspect, in his airline uniform, with pants pulled down and white tape around his thighs and ankle.
The suspect has been charged with federal narcotics smuggling and will be prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office.MORE NEWS: Florida Becoming Epicenter Of Coronavirus Outbreak
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