NEWARK – Last week, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Newark Liberty International Airport discovered 1.4 kilograms, or approximately three pounds, of cocaine possessed by a woman traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
On Tuesday, Aug. 21, CBP officers conducting random examinations encountered Crystal Nurse of Brooklyn, N.Y. Nurse, 33 stated she was returning from Port of Spain after celebrating her birthday there. Officers inspected her baggage and discovered a leather portfolio that seemed bulky and unusually heavy. After further scrutiny, officers discovered a white powder within the portfolio. That powder tested positive for cocaine.
“CBP is determined to succeed at its mission of preventing illegal items from entering the United States,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, New York Field Operations. “Cocaine is a harmful narcotic that destroys lives and communities and we are always on the lookout to thwart drug smuggling activity.”
Nurse was arrested and turned over to detectives of the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD), and will be prosecuted by the Essex County Prosecutors Office in Newark.
“The cooperation between policing agencies at Newark Liberty International Airport presents a formidable deterrent to those who seek to poison our communities with illegal narcotics,” said Superintendent Michael Fedorko of the PAPD. “I commend the continued concerted efforts of Customs and Border Protection and members of the Port Authority Police Department for vigilantly working to stem the tide of narcotic importation.”
The estimated street value of the seized cocaine is approximately $50,000.
The charges against Nurse are merely accusations; she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
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