JFK passenger’s suitcase full of meat leads to customs bust

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – A passenger arriving at JFK with a suitcase full of a ‘different kind of beef’ led to a large cocaine bust, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Yudishtir Maharaj was flying from Port of Spain, Trinidad, to New York City last month when he was stopped at customs.

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(Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

During an inspection of his luggage, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers uncovered “three large packages of frozen meat” in his luggage.  Inside packets of meat, officers discovered over 7 lbs. of white powder which tested positive for cocaine.

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Yudishtir Maharaj faces federal narcotics smuggling charges after 7 lbs. of cocaine were allegedly found in frozen meat inside his luggage. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

“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 Robert E. Perez, director of CBP’s New York field operations.

Maharaj now faces prosecution on federal narcotics smuggling charges.

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