Cock and Rum

Guyanese man tried to smuggle cocaine in rum bottle at JFK


Cock and Rum

Cleveland Charles arrived in New York (JFK) on Saturday aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight from Georgetown, Guyana, and was selected for inspection by Customs and Border Protection officers.

Sharp-eyed officers focused on a bottle of 12-year-old El Dorado rum inside Charles’ suitcase.

Charles said he had purchased it at a duty-free shop at the airport in Guyana, the Brooklyn Federal Court complaint says.

A Customs officer “then opened the bottle, which contained a thick syruplike substance with a strong odor that appeared inconsistent with rum,” Department of Homeland Security special agent Scott Salamon stated in the complaint.

A field test of the liquid came up positive for cocaine, according to Salamon.

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