A passenger arriving at John F. Kennedy International airport from Saint Lucia was arrested by Customs agents after cocaine was found in the cushion of her wheelchair.
Media reports have identified the woman as Yoncela Stanley who arrived at the airport on Sunday.
She is accused of attempting to smuggle 6 bricks of cocaine, weighing about 27 pounds and worth nearly half a million dollars, into the United States.
The cocaine is reported to have been discovered with the aid of a drug sniffing dog.
Stanley is a United States citizen, according to media reports.
She was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.