A 21-year-old woman who flew from Trinidad and Tobago to New York via Guyana got the shock of her life when she opened up her luggage at her dorm to discover over 20 pounds of cocaine stashed inside of the suitcases.
Drug Enforcement authorities in both Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana are investigating the discovery and are working along with US Authorities on the drug find.
News Source understands that the student of the Fashion Institute of Technology boarded the New York bound flight in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad last Friday. The Caribbean Airlines flight made a brief stop in Guyana where other passengers boarded the aircraft. Local investigators have confirmed that the woman never left the aircraft and the stop in Guyana was a very short one.
The young lady who has not been named, arrived in New York and made it past customs and border security and only made the discovery as she was unpacking.
According to the New York Post, the woman was stunned by the discovery and quickly called the Police.
“She said she had no idea how it got there,” a police source told the New York Post.
According to the New York Post, “the freaked fashionista handed over the four packages of blow — which had a street value of $150,000, police sources said”.
Authorities believe a smuggler may have planted the stash in the wrong suitcase, a Port Authority source told the New York Post.
“If her story is true, that’s the most likely scenario . . . There’s no question about it,” the source said.
The Post said corrupt custom officials, baggage handlers or airport workers — in both the Caribbean and New York — may have teamed up on a scheme to use her as an unwitting drug mule, the Port Authority source said.
The smugglers may have flubbed the plan by failing to unload the drugs in New York, the Port Authority source explained to the Post.
“Smugglers play the odds . . . It has been done before to travelers especially in countries where there’s heavy narco-trafficking,” the Port Authority source said.
Cops are also weighing the possibility she was in on the crime and simply backed out, police sources said. “Maybe she was involved and got cold feet and wanted to get ahead of the story by calling police,” a law-enforcement source said.
“Or maybe it was something more sinister,” the source said.
The source added, “Maybe she didn’t pack her bag, or maybe she really didn’t have anything to do with it.”
The student has not been charged, and no arrests have been made.
Guyanese investigators believe the cocaine may have been placed in the bag in Trinidad and Tobago, but they are worried that it went undetected in Guyana during the brief stop over by the airline.
22nd August 2014