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Drugs Found In Bags of Coffee (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani
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Police arrested a Jamaican woman on April 13 at a New York airport for allegedly trying to hide 3 pounds of cocaine inside two bags of coffee.

Authorities took Sharese Lee Ann Drake, 27, to a private search room at John F. Kennedy airport after finding the first bag of suspicious-looking powder, New York Daily News reports.

Shortly after, they found the second bag. Both tested positive for cocaine. Authorities say the total amount of cocaine found is worth approximately $50,000.

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"This seizure is another example of our [Customs and Border Protection] officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs," said Robert E. Perez, director of CBP's New York Field Operations.

Drake in now in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Over the years, authorities have found drugs hidden in all types of items.

Police arrested a 46-year-old El Salvadorian man traveling from Texas to New York in August 2014 after he used tamales to hide 7 ounces of cocaine, a CBP press release announced. 

“During an examination of his luggage, officers discovered a box containing 200 tamales, which were not disclosed on the traveler’s declaration,” CBP stated. “Upon closer examination, officers found nine separate bags containing a white substance stuffed within some of the tamales.”

Drugs hidden in unusual places aren’t the only strange items officials have found at various airports worldwide.

“This samurai sword was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #Boston Logan International Airport,” Transportation Security Administration once posted on its Instagram account. “As you probably guessed, samurai swords as well as all other types of swords and knives are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags.”

Other bizarre items range from bear repellant to Batman boomerangs and even weapons, including inert grenades.

“In fact, over the last 30 days, 19 inert grenades and one live grenade were discovered in carry-on and checked baggage,” TSA wrote on Instagram in 2014. “Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited.”

Sources: New York Daily NewsU.S. Customs And Border Protection, TSA/Instagram / Photo credit: CBP via New York Daily News
 

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