Two women nabbed at JFK with cocaine in hair weaves
Two women, who were caught trying to smuggle cocaine to the United States from Guyana in their hair weaves, have been arraigned in New York and while one of them has been released on bail, the other has been committed and a bail hearing set for tomorrow.
The two women are Makeeba Graham and Kiana Howell, both of whom appeared before Judge Vera M. Scanlon in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York on Monday. Graham was released on US$100,000 bail, with conditions, while Howell, who allegedly confessed that her boyfriend asked her to take the package to the US, for which she would be paid US$7,500, was not.
The complaints against the women obtained by this newspaper said on or about Sunday, Graham arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, from Guyana on board Caribbean Airlines flight, BW 526.
Graham was selected for a Customs and Border Patrol examination, according to Special Agent Jeffrey Fidler, of the US Department of Homeland Security, who said she had a small carry-on bag, was wearing an airline blanket sheet over her torso and had an unusually high bulky hairstyle.