A Fly Jamaica Airways crew member is accused of attempting to smuggle nearly nine pounds of cocaine through John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Hugh Hall, a Jamaican citizen, was found to have four packages filled with white powder strapped to his legs and hidden underneath his pants. Authorities confirmed that the substance was cocaine — about $160,000 worth.
Hall was taken into custody Saturday on federal illegal drug smuggling charges, authorities said. Federal officials said Hall and the other crew members from Fly Jamaica Airways Flight 272 were selected for inspection Saturday at the airport in Queens, N.Y. During pat-downs, Customs and Border Protection agents felt an object around Hall’s leg.
“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,” Leon Hayward, acting director of the Customs and Border Protection’s New York field operations, said in the statement.