Traveller from Guyana busted with cocaine in girdles at JFK

A man who attempted to smuggle some 3.360 kilogrammes of cocaine sewn into two girdles he was wearing was busted at the JFK Airport last Thursday, where he touched down on a Caribbean Airlines flight from Guyana.

Kenny Ritchie was busted after Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers at the New York airport selected him for a random search.

According to court documents, Ritchie, who told investigators that he was going to be paid US$8,000 for bringing the drugs to the US, was found with the drugs after his nervous demeanour made officers suspicious.

This latest bust again raises questions about the security at the Cheddi Jagan International Air-port, Timehri, which Richie would have had to clear before boarding the aircraft.

Richie told investigators that he had visited Guyana to work on a house his father had left for him.

Homeland Security Special Agent Derrick Bergman, in a sworn statement, said that Ritchie’s suitcase was presented for examination and nothing suspicious was found. However, during the conversation with the officers, he appeared nervous and avoided eye contact and this prompted the officers to conduct a pat down search of his person.

“During the pat down search, the officer felt a rigid object in the defendant’s groin area. Based on the location of this object, a body search was requested from and authorized by a supervising CBP officer. A further search of the defendant’s groin area revealed that the defendant was wearing two girdles, one of which had an object sewn inside. The object was probed revealing a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine,” Bergman said in his statement.

Ritchie was immediately read his Miranda rights which he said he understood and waived them.

He said that he knew that cocaine was concealed inside the girdle he was wearing and was to be paid for taking the drugs into the US. Richie has since been released on US$25,000 bail.

More in Local News


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Fast food lovers inside KFC yesterday

    KFC back in business

  2. Bibi Shareema (left) and her mother Bibi Shameela in
happier times

    Greenwich Park woman died 44 days after brutally stabbed by ex-partner

  3. Ameer Abdool Subrati

    Man dies after bandits target overseas-based couple at Herstelling

  4. Updated: Man dies after bandits attack overseas-based Guyanese at Herstelling

  5. The building housing the home and grocery

    Bandits invade Alness businessman’s house, shots fired

  6. Barry Dataram

    Datarams getaway passports had been issued to other people

  7. Alimudeen Gobin’s demolished house

    Violent storm lashes No. 19 Village

  8. Bharrat Jagdeo

    Crime has never been this bad – Jagdeo

  9. The ganja found in Prashad Nagar (Police photo)

    Police find 52 lbs of ganja in Prashad Nagar house

Recommended For You