Cocaine Seized From Handrails and Underwear at JFK

On Wednesday, July 13, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica, New York, noticed abnormalities when examining the handrails of a suitcase arriving from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The owner of the luggage, female U.S. citizen Taneshia Walker, was then taken to a private search where the rails were found to contain powder cocaine. A pursuant search of Walker’s person then led to the discovery of a latex-wrapped oval-shaped object hidden beneath her underwear in her groin area. The object was also found to contain powder cocaine.

Ultimately, officers seized a total of 1.7 pounds of cocaine during their search, .5 pounds in Walker’s underwear and 1.7 pounds in the rails of her luggage. The estimated street value of this find is over $30,000.

Walker was taken into custody and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York will now be prosecuting Walker for federal narcotics smuggling charges.

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