A 33-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday after customs agents at Kennedy Airport in New York discovered 27 pounds of cocaine she allegedly tried to smuggle into the country inside her motorized wheelchair, it was announced on Tuesday.
Yoncela Stanley, a US citizen, landed in the States on a JetBlue flight from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia on Sunday, according to TMZ.
Upon landing, a drug-sniffing dog who inspected Stanley’s wheelchair alerted its handlers that something was amiss.
That’s when a customs official noticed that the back seat cushion on the wheelchair looked ‘unusual.’
The total value on the stash is estimated to be $468,000.
Stanley was arraigned Monday in Brooklyn Federal Court on charges of narcotics smuggling, the New York Daily News reported.
She is being held on $50,000 bail.
‘This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances,’ said Leon Hayward, the acting director of New York field operations for Customs and Border Protection.