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Trinidad man arrested in New York after cocaine found hidden in goat meat
Published on April 9, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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Packages of cocaine discovered in hidden frozen goat meat

NEW YORK, USA -- A passenger arriving from Trinidad at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York was arrested by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, when frozen goat meat he was carrying was found to contain cocaine.

On March 20, CBP officers stopped Yudishtir Maharaj, who was arriving on a flight from Port of Spain, Trinidad. During the course of the inspection, CBP officers discovered three large packages of frozen meat within his luggage. When probed, the frozen packages of meat produced a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Maharaj was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. The total weight of cocaine seized is approximately 7.35 lbs.

“This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances,” said Robert Perez, director, field operations New York.

Maharaj now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office in the US Eastern District Court of New York.

All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.
 
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