U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Jody Ann Graham, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., after they discovered two and one-half pounds of cocaine concealed inside her baggage at Philadelphia International Airport Nov. 10, 2014. (USCBP Photo/Handout)
News Americas, PHILADELPHIA, PA, Tues. Nov. 18, 2014: A 22-year-old New woman arriving from Montego Bay, Jamaica has been busted with over two pounds of cocaine worth about $80,000.
Jody Ann Graham was busted at the Philadelphia International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers’ rafter being referred to a random secondary inspection.
During that examination, CBP officers discovered one package of cocaine sewn inside the bottom of each of two bags Graham claimed were hers.
CBP officers turned Graham over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Graham was arraigned Nov. 11 before District Judge Nicholas Lippincott on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, which is a felony, and misdemeanor intent to possess a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sent to Delaware County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing.
“This cocaine seizure exemplifies the vigilance exercised by our U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to interdict harmful and illicit products, including deadly narcotics that poison our communities,” said Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia. “Narcotics enforcement at our nation’s borders remains a top priority for CBP and our law enforcement partners.”