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Woman sprung with $745k worth of cocaine in wheelchair wheels at JFK Airport

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A woman was busted at JFK Airport in New York trying to smuggle almost 50kg of cocaine — inside the tires of her wheelchair, authorities said.

According to the New York Post, federal agents suspected something was off with Emelinda Paulino De Rivas’ wheelchair when she arrived in New York City on Thursday from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, according to US Customs and Border Protection.

Officers said they noticed the tires on the wheelchair weren’t rotating.

So they X-rayed the four rubber wheels and discovered roughly 50kg of cocaine, worth nearly $745k, stuffed in bags inside, authorities said.

De Rivas, a Dominican national, was taken into custody and charged with multiple counts of federal narcotics smuggling

“CBP stands steadfast and determined in working with our partners to identify the trans- national criminal networks responsible for importing these deadly drugs into our neighbourhoods.” Francis Russo, director of CBP’s New York office, said in a statement.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished with permission

Story Credit: news.com.au

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