News Americas, JAMAICA, N.Y., Tues. April 21, 2015: A Guyanese national now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges after being busted at the JFK Airport in New York for carrying cocaine within her girdle and underwear.
Olive Fowler, according to the U.S. Customs & Enforcement Agency, arrived at the John F. Kennedy International Airport from Georgetown, Guyana on April 11th and presented herself for inspection.
During the examination of Fowler’s suitcase, she exhibited numerous signs of nervousness, US Customs said.
Fowler was subsequently escorted to a private search room where CBP officers conducted a physical search and it was discovered she was wearing more than one undergarments beneath her clothing.
It was during this search that agents found packages concealed within her girdle and underwear. The packages produced a white powder that tested positive for cocaine. CBP estimates a total weight of approximately 4 lbs. of cocaine was seized, with an estimated street value of more than $73,000 according to the latest DEA statistics.
“This seizure is just another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
Fowler will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.