According to the US Customs and Border Protection, Shekira Thompson, a US citizen, arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens from Kingston, Jamaica, on February 21 and presented herself for a security inspection.
Border agents escorted the traveler to a private search room, where she reportedly confessed to 'vaginally inserting a foreign object'.
The contraband, an oblong bundle tightly wrapped in plastic containing a powdery substance, was then removed from Thompson’s bathing suit area. The contents of the vaginal insert tested positive for cocaine, according to federal officials.
In its press release Friday, Customs and Border Protection said the half-pound of cocaine has an estimated street value of $10,000.
‘This seizure is just another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these illicit drugs,’ stated Robert Perez, director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
Shekira Thompson was turned over to the Port Authority Police Department and charged with drug smuggling. She is being held on Rikers Island on $100,000 bail, Her next court appearance is scheduled for March 9.