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Two passengers wearing over $300,000 worth of cocaine taken off same flight

Two men traveling to JFK airport attempted to smuggle more than $300k worth of cocaine


Two men traveling on the same flight were arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy for attempting to smuggle more than $300,000 worth of cocaine into the United States, U.S. Customs officials said. The two men arrived in the Big Apple on April 19 from the same flight originating from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 

According to U.S. Customs, Ariel Garcia was escorted to a private room where officers conducted a frisk and discovered packages of cocaine strapped to his legs. The packages, which weighed in around 11 pounds, tested positive for cocaine.

Officials reported the street value of about $180,000,

Another man, Elvin Montilla-Sosa, underwent a similar process. During the physical search, officers found about $200,000 worth of cocaine taped to his legs and back.

Both men were arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations where they're currently facing federal narcotics smuggling charges. 

“This latest seizure demonstrates our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,” Leon Hayward, Acting Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations, said in a statement.

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