Thursday, 22 June 2017
Disabled woman hides $500,000 worth of cocaine in wheelchair after flying into New York from Caribbean island
A disabled woman who flew into New York from a Caribbean island, was caught smuggling $500,000 worth of cocaine in her wheelchair, according to police. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBP) at John F. Kennedy International Airport managed to block the alleged smuggler from rolling into the United States with his load of cocaine. On Sunday, CBP officers stopped 33-year-old Yoncela Stanley, a United States citizen, who was arriving on a flight from St. Lucia. During the course of the inspection, CBP officers noticed that the back seat cushion of her wheelchair appeared unusual.
The back seat cushion was removed and felt unusually heavy. CBP officers probed the cushion producing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine. Stanley was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately 27pounds with an estimated street value of $468,000.
“This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances,” said Leon Hayward, Acting Director, Field Operations New York.
Stanley now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.