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Man arrested at JFK Airport after 40 lbs. of cocaine found in bags of jumbo shrimp, federal officials say

NEW YORK (Gray News) – A man from Guyana was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday after officials said he attempted to smuggle cocaine inside bags full of jumbo shrimp.

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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, 22-year-old Zacharie Scott had his suitcases pulled for a secondary check during the standard customs screening process. Upon closer examination, Customs and Border Protection officers opened the two suitcases and found “loose clothing and multiple packages of frozen jumbo shrimp wrapped in sealed plastic.”

Federal officials said “brick-shaped objects” containing cocaine were also found inside the suitcases.

A Guyana man faces drug smuggling charges after cocaine was found in bags of shrimp.(Dept. of Homeland Security)

The total amount of cocaine measured about 40 pounds worth.

Scott reportedly told officials he was paid up to $6,000 to smuggle the drugs in.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted.


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