Passenger At Newark Airport Accused Of Cocaine Smuggling

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NEWARK – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers intercepted a woman arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport last month who allegedly had over 30 pounds of cocaine concealed within her checked luggage, officials said.

On Oct. 30, customs officers selected Antoinette Gutierrez for a routine baggage inspection after her arrival on a flight from Costa Rica. Gutierrez’s luggage contained 10 wooden hangers and numerous articles of clothing that were unusually heavy. A more intrusive inspection of the hangers revealed a white powdery substance, which field-tested positive for cocaine, officials said. A subsequent field test of Gutierrez’s clothing revealed that it was saturated in liquid cocaine, officials added.

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“CBP is dedicated to its mission of protecting the American public from any foreign threats,” said Robert E. Perez, director of the Office of Field Operations for the New York Field Office. “The highly skilled and dedicated CBP officers in the greater New York area are committed to this mission, and will continue to intercept any threat or illicit activity that adversely affects our nation’s communities.”

The narcotics seized during this inspection carried a street value over $660,000.


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