US officials arrest two women travelling with cocaine from St. Lucia and Haiti

NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday March 16, 2016 – A Haitian and American who traveled from two different Caribbean countries with cocaine in their luggage have been nabbed by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and now face federal narcotics smuggling charges.

CBP officers intercepted passenger Elisabethmone Lewis, a United States citizen who arrived from St. Lucia, and Anne Cadet, a Haitian citizen arriving from Haiti, at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this month.

In a release issued yesterday, the CBP said Lewis presented herself for examination on arrival on March 5 and officers noticed that the bottom of her suitcase was unusually thick.

Cadet was intercepted the following day after officers made a similar observation about her suitcase.

The luggage was searched in each case and cocaine was discovered.

Lewis was attempting to smuggle approximately three pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of US$59,000, while Cadet had five pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of US$77,000.

“These seizures demonstrate our officers vigilance and daily commitment at JFK, in keeping prohibited and dangerous narcotics off the streets and out of our communities,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations in New York for CBP.