Authorities say Jamaican man wearing pilot uniform also had fake Delta Airlines ID badges among belongings
Queens, New York – US Federal authorities confirm that a Jamaican man wearing pilot uniform was found with cocaine in his suitcase, after he was stopped at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities on March 27.
The Jamaican national travelling from Kingston, Jamaican, is identified as Mario Hudson. He claimed he was a “dead-heading crewmember” while dressed in a pilot’s uniform, Border Protection official, Anthony Bucci said.
“Dead-heading” is an airline industry term for someone who is flying as a passenger on company business to get to another airport for work.
During examination of Hudson’s luggage, officers noticed that the sides and bottom appeared to be unusually thick and heavy. His suitcase was inspected and revealing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.
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CBP officers also found two fraudulent Delta Airlines identification badges in his belongings.
About five pounds of cocaine was found and seized, with an estimated street value of US$85,000.
Authorities suspect the Jamaican Man may have been inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the 2002 movie “Catch Me If You Can.”
Hudson was arrested on 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.
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