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WHERE’S THE BEEF? Jamaican Woman Caught At JFK Airport With $70K In Coke In Her Beef Pâtés!

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NEW YORK — U.S. law enforcement officials arrested a Jamaican with cocaine in beef pâtés at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport this week.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said that officers intercepted Chantal Alecia Bedward on arrival on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica, on Tuesday.

During her examination, CBP officers discovered what appeared to be a box of Jamaican beef pâtés.

CBP said officers escorted Bedward to a private search room where the box of beef pâtés was opened, revealing 12 duct-taped packages.

The packages were probed producing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine, CBP said, adding that Bedward was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

She now faces United States federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.

The approximate gross weight of cocaine seized was four pounds. The seized narcotic has a street value of $70,000, CBP said.

“This seizure demonstrates the vigilance and dedication demonstrated daily by CBP officers at JFK, in keeping these prohibited and dangerous narcotics off the streets of our communities,” said Robert E Perez, director, field operations in New York for CBP.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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