A man tried to dupe JFK Airport security into thinking he was only bringing in a few bottles of South American booze after arriving in New York from Guyana — but it was actually liquid cocaine he was carrying. Atlanta resident Wilton Sinclair, 35, thought he had officials completely fooled when he arrived in New York on Nov. 17 with four big bottles of purported “El Dorado” rum in two duty-free bags.
Before to boarding his flight to New York from Georgetown, Sinclair had allegedly secretly filled the 1.75 liter glass containers with nearly 18 pounds of liquidized cocaine, which officials later estimated to be worth more than $300,000. But his scheme fell apart when he presented the bags for inspection to US Customs and Border Protection agents.
Customs officers noticed that the liquid in the bottles had an unusual chemical odor and that it was a “thick syrup-like substance inconsistent with rum. The substance tested positive for cocaine — what amounted to 8 kilos, or 17.6 pounds, with a street value of approximately $310,000, officials said. Sinclair was arrested and charged with federal narcotics smuggling.