US$70,000 worth of coke in Patties: in Jamaican Woman’s suitcase
Jamaica, Queens (USA) – McKoys News reports that a Jamaican woman traveling from Kingston to New York on Tuesday, January 17 was arrested after 4 lbs of cocaine was found in a box of beef patty she was carrying.
According to US Federal Customs and Border Protection, Chantal Alecia Bedward arrived at JFK Airport from Kingston, Jamaica, on Tuesday. US custom agents got suspicious when they found a box of Tastee Brand Jamaican Beef Patties in Bedward’s luggage.
Where is the Beef? Patties without Meat
Bedward was then taken to the customs exam room and opened the box, 12 duct taped packages were found in the patty box. The tapes were removed and, on closer examination – instead of 12 golden crusted patties, white powder spilled out.
According to the U.S. Customers and Border Protection – white powder spilled out as the packages were opened. The powder tested positive for cocaine – about 4 pounds of it, officials said – an estimated street value of US $70,000.
Agents arrested Bedward for drug smuggling. The case was turned overt to the US Department of Homeland Security.
Chantal Bedward is now facing US federal narcotics smuggling charges. She awaits prosecution in the Brooklyn Federal Court.