K-9 finds 9 lbs of cocaine in JFK luggage

By Nicky Hickling

K-9 finds 9 lbs of cocaine in JFK luggage

July 24, 2014 Updated Jul 24, 2014 at 2:25 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) An arriving passenger was sniffed out by a U.S.
Customs and Border Protection K-9 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Officers said he was trying to smuggle cocaine into the United States.

On July 15, CBP officers conducted a canine search of luggage arriving from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, when K-9 Ari alerted his handler to a suspicious suitcase.

Elkan Barak Durham, a U.S. citizen, claimed the suitcase was his. He was escorted to a private search room where the suitcase was probed, revealing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Durham was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security. The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately 9 lbs and the approximate street value was $151,000.

Durham faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.

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