Five pounds of cocaine discovered in shoes in abandoned luggage
Luggage's owner is now being sought by officials.
Ayinde O. Chase
New York, NY, United States
June 28, 2011 11:19 am EDT
Crime, Law And Justice, Crime, Drug Trafficking
Five pounds of cocaine hidden in the soles of sneakers were found by customs agents at John F. Kennedy Airport. The shoes were discovered in abandoned luggage last week.
Customs and Border Protection Officers discovered the drugs on Thursday during an examination of leftover luggage that had arrived from the Dominican Republic.
The officers noticed the four pair of sneakers inside a suitcase were unusually heavy and gave them a closer look.
They found a white powdery substance inside that field tested positive for cocaine.
Officials said the drugs have a street value of over $107,000. It isn't known if the luggage had been abandoned first or if the owner left the luggage fearing agents may have discovered the drugs.
Customs officers are now working to track down the owner of the suitcase.
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