NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials released photos Friday of heroin that was allegedly hidden in the a seat cushion carried by a man on a flight that landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week.
On Friday, March 26, Guatemalan citizen Esteban Antonio Ortiz Ramos arrived at JFK from Guatemala via San Salvador, El Salvador and approached customs agents for inspection, authorities said.READ MORE: Paterson Mother Charged With Murder In 7-Year-Old's Death
Customs officers identified a bag belonging to Ortiz Ramos and brought it to an examination room, authorities said. They found the seat cushion inside the bag, and probed it to find a brown powdery substance that tested positive for heroin, authorities said.READ MORE: 3 Teens Charged In Manhattan Subway Attacks, Police Release Video Of New Suspect Believed To Be Group's Lookout
A weight of 2 pounds of heroin with a street value of more than $66,000 was seized, authorities said.MORE NEWS: Pro-Palestine Protesters Block Traffic On Gowanus Expressway
Ortiz Ramos faces federal narcotics smuggling charges.