More than $55,000 of cocaine smuggled into JFK using computer bag: officials

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A passenger allegedly used this computer bag to smuggle 3.3 pounds of cocaine through John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Photo: U. S. Customs & Border Protection )

A passenger allegedly used this computer bag to smuggle 3.3 pounds of cocaine through John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Photo: U. S. Customs & Border Protection )

NEW YORK (PIX11) – A heavier-than-usual computer bag was the hiding spot of a choice for nearly $55,000 worth of cocaine, smuggling to the U.S. through John F. Kennedy International Airport, authorities said Thursday.

Ortega Tejada was returning to the U.S. from Dominican Republic Sept. 9 when she was stopped by officers who noticed her computer bag was heavier and thicker than normal, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Officers probed further and found some 3.3 pounds of a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

Tejada was then arrested for the suspected importation of a controlled substance, federal narcotics smuggling charges.

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