Woman arrested at JFK for smuggling half pound of cocaine in vagina from Jamaica
A 24-year-old woman was busted at Kennedy Airport trying to smuggle $10,000 worth of cocaine into the city by hiding it in her vagina, officials said.
Shekira Thompson, a U.S. citizen, was caught with a half-pound package of the white powder inserted into her private area on Sunday as she returned from a trip to her native Jamaica.
During a routine screening at about 1 p.m., U.S. Customs cops pulled her aside after noticing she was sweating profusely, said a law enforcement source.
Thompson, who lives in Springfield Gardens in Queens, was brought to a private search room where she admitted to hiding the drugs. She produced an oval-shaped ball, wrapped in brown duct tape, containing about 255.5 grams of cocaine, according to authorities.
Robert E. Perez, Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s New York Field Operations, hailed the bust.
“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,” he said.
Thompson was turned over to the Port Authority Police Department.
She was arraigned on Monday in Queens Criminal Court on a drug possession charge. She is being held on Rikers Island in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Her lawyer could not be immediately reached.