A Guyanese woman traveling to New York was caught with more than $73,000 worth of cocaine stuffed in her girdle and underwear, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed on Monday.
Olive Fowler, 70, was nervous when border patrol agents went through her suitcase upon arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport on April 12, according to officials.
Fowler was taken to a private room for a physical search, reports PIX11.
After CBP officers inspected her, they uncovered several packages of 4 pounds of cocaine hidden in the girdle and underwear she wore under her clothes.
"This seizure is just another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs," Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP's New York field operations, said.
Fowler was arrested at JFK International and faces felony narcotics smuggling charges. She is scheduled to appear in U.S. Eastern District Court.
NJ.com reported that Nellie McIntosh, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said Fowler was being held pending an April 27 hearing.
It’s not the first time drugs had been discovered in a smuggler’s undergarment. In December 2014, a Dominican national was arrested at Kennedy Airport after trying to smuggle more than one kilo of cocaine inside a diaper he was wearing, New York Daily News reported.