A Guyanese man was arrested at JFK Inter-national Airport last week after being found with cocaine and marijuana in his luggage shortly after touching down.
Samuel Henry was charged in a Brooklyn, New York court with knowingly importing 13.399 kilos of cocaine and 5.950 kilos of marijuana. After pleading not guilty, he was set US$150,000 bail. It would appear that he passed through the CJIA, Timehri airport with the drugs.
According to a deposition by a Special Agent with the US Department of Homeland Security, which was seen by Stabroek News, Henry arrived in the US on a Fly Jamaica Airways aircraft from Guyana via Jamaica on February 17.
He was subsequently selected for a Customs and Border Protection examination and during questioning indicated that he was travelling without baggage.
He claimed his father, whom he said travelled the day before, took his luggage for him.
However, things started to unravel when the authorities asked him for his father’s contact information and instead of providing this he became visibly nervous, according to the agent’s deposition.
The authorities then contacted airline officials, who informed that Henry had checked in two pieces of luggage, which were eventually located. When authorities checked the first piece of luggage they discovered ten packages containing a green leafy substance that was later field-tested and found to be positive for the presence of marijuana. The marijuana was later weighed and found to be 5,950.4 grammes in weight. The second bag was checked and 16 packages of cocaine was found which amounted to 13,399.4 grammes of the illegal drug.
Henry appeared before Magistrate Judge Joan M. Azrack the following day and was represented by attorney Martin Geduldig and was granted bail.