Aiexpress – A man traveling through John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday found himself in handcuffs after attempting to smuggle a significant quantity of cocaine through customs. His clever yet ill-fated plan involved concealing the illegal substance within bags of jumbo shrimp.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Customs and Border Protection officers stopped 22-year-old Zacharie Scott, an American residing in Guyana, after his arrival. Allegedly, during the search of his two suitcases, the officers found approximately 40 pounds of cocaine.
During the investigation, authorities discovered several bags of jumbo shrimp in Scott’s luggage. When they opened these bags, they found a powdery, white substance. Further testing confirmed that the substance was indeed cocaine.
According to investigators, Scott reportedly confessed to bringing a significant quantity of drugs into the United States after being paid approximately $6,000 to do so.
If Scott is found guilty of the charges, he could potentially be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. A judge has made the decision to keep Scott in custody until his bail hearing, scheduled for Thursday.
Scott arrived at JFK International Airport from Guyana on a flight operated by American Airlines.