JAMAICA, Queens — Authorities arrested a woman at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens after she was found with more than $94,000 worth of cocaine in her possession.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers had inspected passengers arriving from a flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on April 9, authorities said.
Among the passengers was Yerlina Hernandez DeNova.
During her examination, officers discovered three pellets containing a white powder within DeNova’s purse, officials said.
She was subsequently escorted to a private search room where officers conducted a physical search, CBP officials said.
During the search, officers found pellets containing a white powder in her bra, and DeNova admitted to officers to inserting several pellets into her body, according to authorities.
Officers tested a sample of the pellets, which tested positive for cocaine, officials said.
In total, 100 pellets of white powder, weighing about three pounds, and valued at more than $94,000 were discovered and seized, authorities said.
DeNova faces charges of importing a controlled substance into the United States and federal narcotics smuggling charges, officials said.