Yet again, somebody got busted trying to smuggle contraband without it being detected through an airport. Be it drugs, cash or guns, people these days seem to think they can get illegal items through Customs. No matter how many stories come out about people getting busted in the airport, bold folks out there are willing to test their luck. Colin McKenzie, a Guyanese man had his excuse all ready when he was nailed with bricks of cocaine in his suitcase on Friday. He told law enforcement agents that he thought he had diamonds in his bag.
McKenzie’s bags were selected to be inspected by Customs and Border Patrol officers when he stepped off of his Caribbean Airlines flight at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. Inside of his two suitcases were three large tin cans which he claimed contained diced fruit. In a Brooklyn Federal Court complaint, U.S. Department of Homeland Security special agent Edward Gonzalez said that the cans “felt unusually heavy and did not feel as though it contained liquid or syrupy material.”
The cans were X-rayed and the results showed that the substance inside of the cans was not a liquid of any type. When the material inside was tested, it proved to be white powder cocaine. There were 10 kilos in total.
After that, McKenzie told the officers that he thought the bags contained diamonds, not cocaine. He then told officers that someone in Guyana offered him between $5,000 and $6,000 to deliver the bags to an identified person here in The States. He is being held without bail, now.