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$1.3 million in cocaine found in suitcase at New York airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in New York state are looking for the owner of an abandoned suitcase filled with more than 100 pounds of cocaine worth $1.3 million. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in New York state are looking for the owner of an abandoned suitcase filled with more than 100 pounds of cocaine worth $1.3 million. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

AMAICA, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), officers assigned to John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport seized over $1.3 million in cocaine.

The seizure occurred on Wednesday, November 21 when JFK CBP Cocaine Bag CBP officers examined a suitcase that arrived from Quito, Ecuador. The examination of the suitcase resulted in the discovery of 38 brick like packages containing over 100 pounds of cocaine. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1.3M.

“This seizure is another example of CBP officers being vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of dangerous drugs,” said Troy Miller, Director of CBP’s New York Field Office.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and turned them over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) for further investigation.

Information provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection