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Airline crew member taped cocaine to legs

A member of the crew from a commercial flight arriving at JFK gives customs agents a surprise.

A crew member with Fly Jamaica Airways has been arrested for trying to smuggle four kilos of cocaine into the United States strapped to his legs.

The illegal drugs were discovered by US Customs and Border Protection after the man presented himself for inspection at JFK International Airport in New York on March 17 and was then taken to a private search room. His flight had just arrived from Montego Bay.

Agents say they found four packages taped to his legs containing cocaine with a reported street value of $160,000.

Photos released by Customs and Border Protection show the suspect in his uniform with trousers pulled down and white tape around his thighs and one of his ankles.

Smuggling charges
The suspect, named as Jamaican citizen Hugh Hall, was arrested for importing a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security investigations.

“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 the Customs and Border Protection’s New York Field Operations.

Hall now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office at the Eastern District Court of New York. A Customs and Border Protection statement concludes that “all defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty”.

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