Peruvian man caught trying to smuggle $30K in cocaine hidden within picture frames

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(Dept. of Homeland Security)

Job Israel DeJesus Ortega. a Peruvian citizen, will face charges of narcotics smuggling. (Dept. of Homeland Security)

NEWARK, N.J. (PIX11) – Newark Airport Customs officers detained a Peruvian traveler they say was trying to sneak cocaine into the U.S. by hiding over 450 grams of the drug  between picture frames.

Job Israel DeJesus Ortega arrived at Newark Liberty Airport on Saturday  from Lima, Peru with two suitcases and a book bag, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Inside the luggage, officers found three picture frames containing two paper packages concealing a white powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine.

In total, a pound of cocaine was seized – which amounts to around $30,000 in the drug. DeJesus Ortega is in the custody of the Port Authority Police Department. He faces New Jersey state prosecution for narcotics smuggling charges.

“CBP Officers remain ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these dangerous drugs, regardless of the concealment methods employed by these would-be smugglers,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.

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