Guyana-born baggage handler arrested over JFK cocaine plot

Authorities in the United States recently busted a Guyana-born baggage handler attempting to smuggle cocaine through the JFK International Airport in New York.
In court documents seen by this newspaper, Special Agent Edward Gonzalez said that Marlon Joseph in October, together with others, knowingly conspired to possess and distribute cocaine in the US. He said that agents were investigating a narcotics importation conspiracy involving certain individuals who either worked or are working at JFK.
He said that Joseph, a lawful resident in the US who was employed with dnata, was busted after a confidential source started working with agents in February of this year and it was later learnt that five bricks of cocaine were expected on a Fly Jamaica Flight out of Guyana.
The flight arrived in the US on October 25th and following a sweep, agents placed a “blue drawstring bag containing five brick-like packages of ‘sham’ substance made to approximately resemble cocaine, in the cargo of the plane.”….

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