An arriving crew member discovered that he could not get a leg up on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in his attempt to transport illegal drugs into the United States.
On March 17, Hugh Hall, a citizen of Jamaica, and crew member of Fly Jamaica Airways arrived at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport from Montego Bay, Jamaica and presented himself for inspection.
Mr. Hugh was escorted to a private search room where CBP officers discovered four packages taped to his legs, all of which contained a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.
Mr. Hall was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Approximately 9 lbs. of cocaine was seized, with an approximate street value of $160,000.
“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,” said Leon Hayward, Acting Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
Mr. Hall faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.
All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.
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