Authorities said each package contained two kilograms of cocaine, gift wrapped to look like children’s presents and were shipped alongside toys.
A Cliffside Park, New Jersey man has admitted to being the leader of a major drug trafficking gang that moved large quantities of cocaine throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and New Jersey.
Several of those implicated in the drug ring were members of the same family, according to officials.
The planes had arrived two days apart from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
An operation conducted by Italian police, the FBI and Homeland Security has targeted a major drug-trafficking ring based in a pizza parlor in New York City, officials said.
The amount of cocaine retrieved has an estimate street value of tens of thousands of dollars, according to authorities.
Lewis flew in on Apr. 16 and “exhibited numerous signs of nervousness” when customs agents were inspecting his suitcase, officials said.
Olive Fowler was escorted to a private room where CBP officers searched her. It was during this search that they found packages concealed in the girdle and underwear, officials said.
A lead defendant, Ralph Ben Cotto was held without bail and charged as a major trafficker under the state’s drug kingpin law, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
A woman is facing drug smuggling charges for allegedly using a unique trick to sneak cocaine into the country.
Customs agents at Port Newark uncorked more than they bargained for after inspecting a ship in October.
She was arrested after a K-9 named Fenja alerted her handler to a suspicious suitcase on Sunday.
Nineteen people have been charged with selling crack cocaine in the lobbies, hallways, elevators and even playgrounds of an East Harlem public housing complex.
A Los Angeles man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for his role in a transcontinental narcotics network that conducted its operations in New Jersey.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said sales occurred on side streets near the Sunrise Highway or the Long Island Expressway and some regular customers got home delivery.