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Customs: Man Tried to Smuggle $70K Worth of Heroin in Underwear

Trinidad man is arrested at JFK Airport earlier this month after being caught with nearly two pounds of heroin in his underwear.

These two packages of heroin found in a man's underwear at JFK Airport have a street value of more than $70,000. Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
These two packages of heroin found in a man's underwear at JFK Airport have a street value of more than $70,000. Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A Trinidad man arriving on an international flight into John F. Kennedy Airport earlier this month "exhibited numerous signs of nervousness" as Customs and Border Protection officers examined his suitcase. 

Why was he so nervous?

Well, officials say Bernard Charles had nearly two pounds of heroin inside his underwear. 

Charles originally attracted suspicion by "walking awkwardly" as he stepped off a Caribbean Airlines flight from Trinidad on April 1, the New York Daily News reported.

After Charles was escorted to a private search room, officers discovered two clear packages containing a brown paste-like substance in his groin area, authorities said.

A total of 1.79 pounds of heroin, with an approximate street value of more than $70,000, was seized, officials said. 

Charles was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. He faces up to 10 years in prison on federal narcotics smuggling charges. 

 “This seizure is just another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,” said Robert E. Perez, the director of CBP’s New York field operations, in a statement. 


BigIdeas April 16, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Strange how these things get in your underwear.
Sal Anthony April 16, 2014 at 02:29 PM
What a loser
Massa April 16, 2014 at 08:02 PM
No trial, just get this loser off the streets. 20 year prison sentence would be a good start.
Brendan April 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM
I wonder when they plan on putting the CIA on trial for conspiracy to distribute these drugs...or when they plan on going after the big pharma companies that are the main buyers of the product they're trying to get rid of. With everything the way it is, it is hard to believe that big government and big pharma is not colluding to produce huge profits at the expense of the addicts they cultivate. Look up zohydro...a drug ten times stronger than oxycontin. We have enough problems with oxy, why would you multiply that problem by ten?
susan larkin April 19, 2014 at 08:14 PM
this is what has to happen border patrol and customs step it up, there is an extreme amount of heroin in this county how come? We are losing our children, it is one of the worst addictions to break. We must open our eyes!

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