A man flying into New York was stopped for his secret carry-on item — nearly $20,000 worth of cocaine stuffed in his underwear, according to officials.
Romario Lewis, from Jamaica, “exhibited numerous signs of nervousness” while trying to get through security at John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport April 16. Customs and Border Protection officers pulled Lewis aside for a physical search, and allegedly uncovered two packages of white powder stuffed in his “groin area.”
Tests for cocaine came back positive for the two packages — weighing roughly a pound — that have a street value of more than $19,000, according to DEA statistics.
“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
Lewis was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. He now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges.